Welcome to my skillet rosemary bread and potatoes using the Petromax wrought iron pan.
It became my mission this month to get myself a skillet. You could say it was borderline obsession. I remember the first time I read a recipe online featuring one. I just wanted one and I wanted to see what the big thing was with them.
As a former Brit I often find online that there is this cultural difference when viewing recipes and visiting websites. Even though Australia, the UK and America share the same language spellings can be completely different and the way foods can be described (and other things) can be way out.
I remember having an Aussie internet marketing client a few years ago and it was only when we got talking that I realised things were so different. As a Brit I know a thong to mean that sexy underwear that you wear instead of knickers, but to an Aussie it is what we call a Flip Flop and a type of footwear for the beach. So when my client said she was getting a thong to wear on the beach I sort of imagined her on a nudist beach. This is something that we laughed about for years and it still makes me chuckle now.
When I heard recently that a Dutch Oven in America meant a type of casserole dish it made Dominic chuckle as to him (as a former teenage boy) it means passing wind. This is something Dominic could have kept to himself though!!!!
I also watch cookery shows on the Food Network on Portuguese cable TV and when watching it I am often left with more clarity because you can see them making the recipes and actually understand what they are talking about and the terminology.
So if you are reading my blog as an American just think it often feels the same when I visit your site and that it is fun to make recipes from other cultures, once you get your head around the ingredients. And just think, when I started reading recipes online I only ever understood about 20% and now its more like 80%, so practice makes perfect!
The Petromax Wrought Iron Pan
So I have spent years wanting to see what all the fuss is about a skillet, what it is and how it could help me in the kitchen. The Petromax brand was nice enough to put me out of my misery and give me my first ever skillet to try out.
In fact Petromax were so nice that they sent me the 28cm and the 32cm sized pans. So if I burn and ruin one then I will have a second to back myself up with! On opening up my parcel the first thought was that I had to have muscles like Hulk Hogan to be able to lift these up, or maybe that is just me and I am a wimp.
My second thought was how different they felt. When you have lived a life of stainless steel pans and the only cast iron dish you have had is your casserole dish, it makes it a real novelty.
Then I set to work on my first ever dish. As Recipe This is all about frugal this month I made a dish from leftovers = leftover bread and potatoes to be cooked in the skillet with some fresh rosemary. Perfect and simple, especially when I am cooking with something completely new that makes me super nervous.
So it is a Friday night and we are going to have these to go with our chicken fajitas. So I set to work and then you know what goes wrong?
No I didn’t burn it….that standard joke about non-stick pans comes to mind. You know that funny one when it takes longer to remove the non-stick sticker than it does to cook. With all my nails, some soaking and some scrubbing, I finally get the sticker off and can start cooking.
And wow there is no cooking experience like it. They are so sturdy and so easy to cook with. Though with the garlic and the butter and the olive oil in the pan (who said I was being healthy today?) it looks like a mess at the bottom of the pan where it has all stuck together while I get used to using it.
But to my amazement it takes just a couple of minutes to clean and then it is as good as new. It’s amazing how well it takes my butter habits and how amazing it is to use.
Am I glad I got a skillet?
Absolutely I love it to bits and my mind is in overdrive about what else I can make with it. Armed with my Petromax Wrought Iron Pan I am on a mission to cook great meals out of this new way of cooking. If you want to read more about my first skillet cooking then check out my Skillet bread and potatoes recipe below:
- 1 Large Potato (peeled and diced)
- 50g Leftover Bread
- 1Tsp Garlic Puree
- 1Tbsp Butter
- 1Tbsp Olive Oil
- Fresh Rosemary
- 1Tbsp Parsley
- Salt & Pepper
- In your skillet add your butter, olive oil and garlic and cook on a medium heat until the butter is melted.
- Add the diced potatoes and cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes or until they have some colour on them.
- Add the seasoning and cook for a further 3 minutes.
- Break the bread up into chunks and cover it in the juices and the seasoning. Mix it well so that the bread is well coated.
- Transfer to the oven for 10 minutes and then serve.
Buy Petromax Wrought Iron Pan
In terms of getting yourself a Petromax Wrong Iron Pan you can find out more by clicking here. If I were to do it again and/or if I were to currently recommend a good quality wrought iron pan to you, I would say CHOOSE THIS ONE.