Monday, 21 June 2010

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 know that 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.

See more of Fiona's stuff at:  http://www.wuandwu.com/  (get ready for the kitsch Chinese music...) and http://www.fionahewitt.com/.  

And in fact, I loved that tin so much I made a special trip from Paris to Brighton to interview Fiona.  You can read that interview here.





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12 comments:

Mother Hen said...

IT's a fab tin and I love the green and white measuring spoons.
I have told my sister about some of your recipes and your blog as she has an allergic child and struggles to cook cool fun food.
Thanks:)

ibakewithout said...

how gorgeous! me want one too!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Hello Mother Hen, thank-you for visiting and I hope the site is useful for your sister. Are you fishing for whale in that picture?!

Ibakewithout, I know! (but you can't have mine...)

Pig x

Heather Davis said...

Okay we must be twins! I was just saying at cybermummy "how can I get a boysenberry kitchenaid for free"? And there you go getting hunted down by their rep to review one. Send it my way sister!! Anyway, glad I've discovered your site even if I didn't get to meet you at the conference. It looks great and as your twitter byline says your pics are gorgeous.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Hello Heather, we MUST have a boysenberry kitchen aid (the rep didn't really hunt me down, that was fantasy)...I wonder how we could get one? offering to pose naked? I will if you will...

thanks for the visit!

Pig x

Metropolitan Mum said...

I enjoyed meeting you, too! Do I have to have an allergy to buy one of those kits? I have a sun allergy. Does that count?

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

My blog friend Piglet in France sent me your way! I have a ton of food allergies, and am currently trying to cobble together a diet in Paris that is grain-and-gluten free, dairy-free, cane sugar-free, and sometimes egg-free, depending on which way the wind is blowing in any given day, it seems on that one, lol (still figuring some of this sensitivity thing out and which things are bona-fide intolerances/allergies versus temporary food sensitivities). I'm so happy to read your posts and feel encouraged, as I seem to need so often, that "this" is do-able, even in a place like Paris. I am so glad to have another site to consult on this way of living.

That is one adorable set of cooking measures and so on! I'm going to have to check that site out!

Take care, and happy blog writing. :)

Karin
(an alien parisienne)

family Affairs said...

I love those little tins....seen them around. Lx

Elsie Button said...

i thought I saw these tins in a shop window in hay. so went in to take a closer look but wasn't them. shall i come back when i have something more interesting to say? x

Pig in the Kitchen said...

metropolitan Mum, i think if you have a sun allergy you should DEFINITELY invest in this tin or indeed any of Fiona's products which take your fancy! thanks for visiting.

Karin, Hello and thanks for stopping by! The French don't really do anything other than perfect French cuisine do they? It can be a real struggle. Have you discovered 'Biocoop'? they have a good range of GF flours..in fact I'll pop over and write this on your blog, that makes most sense!

family affairs, yes, tins are so cute!

Elsie Button, but I love your random comments, you must keep them coming.

Pig x

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. :) I left a little note for you there, too.

Stay cool!
Karin

Nova said...

what a great idea....thanks, I'd never thought of something like that before.