It started innocently enough while visiting a vintage market with a dear old friend. I picked up a set of Pyrex ‘Spring Blossom’ Princess mixing bowls. They reminded me of my mother’s kitchen, so I bought them and then posted about the find here on the blog.
As I continued on my merry thrifting way, I kept my eyes open for other pieces to compliment the happy green set comfortably adorning the Kitchen’s shelves. The first collection ‘blossomed’ and in my avid grazing, random bits of Pyrex and other bakeware attached themselves to me. In particular large yellow Pyrex bowls and I developed a strange affinity. They simply kept following me home.
Occasionally, I post pictures of my Pyrex finds on the Dishing Facebook page and they provoke cascades of happy reminisces along with tragic tales of clumsily dropped bowls smashed to smithereens or lost forever and desperately missed.
Sometimes the stories start in the childhood kitchen with grandmother mixing up batches of cookies and wind up in the territory of the first bike, date, kiss or successful pastry.
“When I look at that bowl, I see my mother baking when I was a child”
“The bowl I took with me when I left home”
“My mother always sent us home with the yellow pyrex bowl filled with cabbage rolls”
“Ours was the potato salad bowl”
“The popcorn bowl”
“The beans and franks dish”
It’s as if these homey pieces unlock a tide of real or imagined nostalgic recollections of home and security, warmth and nourishment. This connection is somehow reassuring. These pieces have survived decades in family kitchens and whisper in their borosilicate sturdiness: You will endure.
So will our memories and our favourite family recipes. I’d love to hear what was served up in the beloved Pyrex of your childhood.
A Pyrex P.S.
You may be thinking that the Kitchen’s Pyrex lolls about on a comfortable shelf simply being adored. Not so! (Well, it is adored, that is true…but…it is both well-loved and well-used). Today my hard-working dishes and I made a Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp courtesy of The Family Chef. Most excellently worthy of being mixed up in these found treasures. Also, yummy.
Next up: How far would you go for Pyrex? Stay tuned.