It’s been quite some time since I wrote a post about my op shop finds. With a renovation coming up this year, I have been more focused on shifting things out of the house rather than bringing it in. Stuff. We seem to have lots of stuff. Though I pride myself in being the master of sorting and minimising and downsizing, we still seem to have a lot of stuff. It’s amazing what you can sell on eBay.
I’ve still been sourcing nearly all of my paperbacks from op shops. It’s economical and I’m amazed at how many contemporary titles are available. As I was down to my last book I took a quick lunch time run to a Vinnies near work, which is where I spied this baby. It was mine for the princely sum of $9.
A Roman Pot
A Römertopf is a clay casserole baker that produces juicy, tender one pot dishes. Römertopf is a German company that started in 1967 (what a good year!) and they are still producing their clay bakers as well as other clay items such as bread moulds. Römertopf means ‘Roman pot’ in German. You soak them in cold water and put the food filled clay baker into a cold oven when you start to cook. They are very much of an era and would have been the ‘must have’ wedding gift in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Like all ‘must have’ wedding gifts, many of these have made their way to op shops across the land, often unused or unopened. A few years ago, as Baby Boomers downsized, you couldn’t go into an op shop without seeing one. In a very short time, they a now a rare find. I put this down to the Fig Jam & Lime Cordial halo effect. Sydney blogger Celia acquired her own Römertopf a few years ago and has been extolling the virtues ever since. Reading Celia’s almost evangelical posts about what she cooks in her Römertopf has meant bloggers across the land all have been snapping up Römertopfs whenever they see them.
My Romertopf is one of the smaller sized pots but is certainly big enough for Mr Tiffin and I. I’ve already taken it for a whirl with a test Sunday night roast chicken. It performed beautifully but I need to source slightly smaller chickens so I can fit in more veggies. The most fabulous thing to report about my roast chicken is that the oven was splatter free. Yes!
I may be wildly optimistic but our sales of stuff may well garner enough money to buy a couple of louvres in our new dining room. Not the whole window you understand. Just a couple of panes of glass within it. Or, another Römertopf perhaps?