Essential Equipment for Allergy Cooking. Item #1: Fiona Hewitt's tins
I have lost count of the times I've been doorstepped by CEOs who say 'Pig, we know you're jetting off to be the keynote speaker at another allergy conference, but do you have a minute to endorse this product for us?'
The man trying to give me a free boysenberry Kitchen Aid once even followed me to passport control at Charles de Gaulle, he was that desperate to have the Pig in the Kitchen name associated with his product.
Un-be-lievable. And I nearly missed my flight because of him, to Honolulu as I recall...
Of course it's flattering, but I have to be careful that this international brand I've developed doesn't get diluted and thus lose its appeal.
However, just occasionally I come across a product that is so deliciously lovely, well I can't resist. This Dumpling Dynasty tin by Fiona Hewitt is just such a morsel of scruminess.
I was wandering in the 9th arrondissement of Paris when I first saw it. You know that feeling when you see something that is so gorgeous your heart starts to flutter and you knowthat it has to be yours? I call that the 'Shopping Epiphany.' (S.E. for short.) Well I had an S.E. right there and then in the shop and it took only a flurry of Euros to make this tin my very own.
It didn't come with all those utensils stuffed into it, that is all my own mess. Fiona's tin comes with cake cases, that tiny wooden spoon you can see, candles, a mini rolling pin and a recipe card for 'Iced Star Cookies' and 'Fancy Cupcakes'. It is all very, uber-liciously cute. Every morning before I mix up my allergic girlie's Nutramigen, I take my mini-whisk from my tin and feel happy. I think any allergy cook worth their salt should have one.
And just in case you really believed that waffle at the top about people really, really wanting Pig in the Kitchen to endorse stuff, well actually that, um, isn't true. And Fiona Hewitt did not ask me to endorse her tin. I'm bigging up her stuff because it is achingly gorgeous and well, I want to.