Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Cast Iron Bread Baking Pot

The photo of me and the cast iron pot in the middle of the table made me think of cast iron utensils we used when I was little. We did not have money for a standing rib roast. I think chicken was the only meat we ate -- once a week we did have a roast on Sundays, sometimes veal, mostly chicken. Otherwise we ate fish.
Many times with fish as the main course we would have Yorkshire Pudding. The utensil we used for Yorkshire Pudding was cast iron and deeper than a muffin pan and I guess we used bacon fat when we didn't have fat to use from a standing rib roast (which is what the English ate for a standard Sunday dinner -- standing rib roast and Yorkshire Pudding). Our old-fashioned kitchen stove needed have very small kindling and then a little bigger pieces of wood and then coal or coke as they called it sometimes and that would keep the temperature high enough to bake Yorkshire Pudding.

A man came and delivered wood and this man knew the size that every person needed in the little village where we lived and he cut it so it would fit in everyone's house. Everyone had a fireplace but not open like we have here but made out of ceramic tile and they always stood in the corner of whatever room we're talking about -- the only room that didn't have a fireplace was the dining room.

I remember as a child the little door on top of the ceramic fireplace was open and it made all kinds of scary shadows on all the walls.

But back to cast iron. The only other utensils we had were frying pans and they were cast iron. They had to be treated with lots of respect because if you washed them and you didn't dry them carefully rust formed from a drop of water and there would be hell to pay because the next time you made pancakes or something else delicious would stick.


Viktor said...


I too grew up with having a house like that, with iron stove and everything.

But, I am almost fifty years younger than you are and by the time I was growing up the old farm was reduced to a summer cottage where we spent many happy days, watching the shadows dance from the fires.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like cast iron. In the south we make our cornbread in it


Anonymous said...

My brother snagged my mom's cast-iron frying pans. Boo hiss. But it's nice to see you back, hope all is well with you.


Anita said...

It's so good to see another post from you.

As for the cast iron, I joked with my friend that it showed true optimism when this summer, at nearly eighty years old, I bought a new cast iron skillet. I've always thought they only get really good when they've been used a few years--or decades.