Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Returning to those Roots
Wow - isn't it interesting how our lives turn full circle...?? In ways you never dream. Growing up as a girl in the SOUTH, I remember the black cast iron frying pan that 'lived' on top of the stove. I say it "lived" there because it was NEVER put away... I mean, why would you put it away?????
For breakfast, mom fried eggs... for lunch, she fried up some cornbread with collards, and then for dinner, fried chicken - or country fried steak... every meal, the frying pan was center stage... and, because it was a lovely cast iron pan, you just wiped it out with a paper towel, and left it sitting on the stove top for the next meal.
Well - when I left home and went away to college, I wanted MODERN cookware - so I got me some of that non-stick magic cookware - you remember - TEFLON !!!! It was great til it flaked off...Then I had some T-FAL - stuff - magic, that was... til it got yucky... and then there was some decent copper bottom frying pans - and I don't know what happened to them... and , of course, a few pans that warped and nothing would cook in decently...and then I bought some "new" cast-iron and it was awful - nothing like I remembered.
Well - I've gone full circle now - just bought this on eBay... it's a Griswold, and a beauty - all cleaned up and ready to fry up some Sunday chicken...and I've become an expert on "vintage" cast-iron... and its wonders...
You may ask why I didn't just 'get' my mom's cast iron? Why, of course, cause she is still using it - at 86, it is right now sitting on her stove, I am sure, awaiting breakfast tomorrow morning..
I wonder if I can find any decent lard in San Francisco???? (teasing, teasing... although chicken WAS better cooked in lard - but I will spare my poor arteries that torment)... and will try to find more healthy options to cook in my new pan...
TILAPIA - lightly pan-fried... yes, that's just the thing...must keep my strength up so I can quilt.