Tonight is Pancake Tuesday, which is how Catholic Canadians celebrate Mardi Gras or Shrovetide. If you’re unfamiliar with the tradition, I wrote a bit about it here.
So yes, I’m eating pancakes for dinner tonight, which means I get to use one of my very favourite appliances, my West Bend counter-top griddle.
My parents received this griddle as a wedding present in 1981. It takes 120 V electrical and runs at 1500 W. It is a simple, flat, metal cooking surface, roughly 10″ by 16″, with a shallow trough along three sides, and a deeper, broader trough on the fourth to collect rendered fat. It is supported by hard plastic brackets that hold it above the counter on which … Continue reading.
This is my citrus juicer.
It belonged to my grandma Suddaby.
It’s made of something called Depression glass, a tinted, translucent glass that was manufactured from (roughly) the 1920s to 1940s, hence the name. It came in several colours, but most commonly funky neon green, or pastel pinkish orange. Those are terrible colour descriptions, but that’s why I cook for a living instead of naming new shades of paint. I imagine these colours were hyper-modern in the 1930s, though I have no source to confirm or deny this. Depression glass was mass-produced and most often distributed as a free gift for people buying groceries or attending a show. In other words it was Depression-era swag. I asked my parents if … Continue reading.
The personal website of Edmonton chef Allan Suddaby