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Longest day of the year – enamel plates for picnics

Longest day of the year – picnic time 

Fresh juicy strawberries on vintage enamelware on rustic background

It seems like no time at all since the days were short and the temperatures distinctly chilly; however, here we are in the middle of June and approaching the longest day of the year. The temperature might leave something to be desired, but there can be no doubt that the evenings are long and leisurely, making them perfect for that favourite of summer treats – the picnic. Whether you head off to the countryside for a full-day picnic extravaganza or simply pop down to your local park one evening after work to eat out in the evening sunshine, picnics are a fun way to do something different and enjoy the simple pleasure of being outdoors. In today’s post, we extol the virtues of enamel mugs, plates and bowls, and show how they can come into their own on picnics and trips to the beach or country.

Enamel plates to the rescue

If you have made do with paper plates on picnics, you will know that they are not without their limitations; for example, they are typically quite flimsy and do not fare very well if you want to pour a dressing on your salad. In contrast, enamel plates and dishes are ideal for picnics. They are almost indestructible, solid and reliable, and can be easily wiped clean ready to take home.

We stock a huge range of enamel dishes, plates and mugs from iconic manufacturer Falcon. With flat plates in a variety of sizes, plus rice plates, soup plates and breakfast plates, you will be sure to find the perfect items for your picnic needs.

More than just enamel plates

In addition to a huge range of plates from the Falcon range, we stock enamel mugs, coffee pots, tea pots and dishes. These are all perfect for picnics and camping trips and are sure to give years of reliable service. Our Falcon enamel mugs come in white, blue or red, all with a contrasting coloured rim. The vintage-inspired coffee pots come in red, blue and green, with the teapot available in the same colours and in white and cream.

It is easy to stick to things such as sandwiches and cocktail sausages on a picnic; however, with the help of some enamel dishes, there is no reason why you can’t rustle up some more imaginative things to take with you. Why not make a picnic pie with a sausage and egg filling, seasoned with fresh herbs picked from the garden? Alternatively, make a healthy curried chicken and mango salad for a zingy and appetising picnic meal.

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Cooking with pie dishes

Cooking with pie dishes 

traditional cottage piein dishtraditional cottage pie in dish

The humble pie dish is often fondly remembered from our grandma’s kitchen and the days when a hearty steak and kidney pudding or a beef and ale pie were firm favourites. Sticking to traditional pies is missing out on so much, however, as a pie dish can be used to cook all sorts of tasty meals.

Pie dishes to the rescue

Perhaps one of the most well-known alternative uses for a pie dish is to cook a pasta bake. There are all sorts of recipes for pasta bakes and experimentation is very much the order of the day, as pretty much anything goes. The concept is simple – just pan-fry your ingredients, cook your pasta, then throw everything into the dish and cover with a tasty sauce before popping in the oven for about 30 minutes. Whether you choose a tuna bake or go for chicken or a veggie option, nothing could be easier. Here is our recipe for a fabulous tuna and chorizo pasta bake:

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
100g chopped mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, crushed
180g tin of tuna, drained
100g cooking chorizo, chopped
300g dried pasta
mixed herbs
150g cheddar cheese

Method

– Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Fry the onion and garlic gently until soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and herbs and raise the heat. Once bubbling, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

– Cook the pasta, with a pinch of salt, until it is almost done.

– Add the tuna and the chorizo to the sauce, stirring gently. Add the drained pasta and mix thoroughly to ensure the pasta is coated.

– Transfer to a large pie dish and cover with grated cheese. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes until golden. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Our range of pie dishes

Here at Wares, we stock a huge range of traditional pie dishes in both enamel and ceramic. Our enamel dishes, from legendary manufacturer Falcon, are available in a huge range of sizes and in round, square and oblong shapes. Our Mason Cash range of caneware dishes will be familiar to many, as the iconic styling has not changed much in over 100 years. These are available in round, oblong and the traditional oval shape, again in a variety of sizes.

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Camping with enamel plates and dishes

Camping with enamel plates and dishes 

Two enamel mugs of hot coffee in the park on yellow autumn leaves.

With June just around the corner and the weather warming up considerably with each passing week, the time has come to think about a weekend or two away. With so many amazing places to visit throughout the country, the ‘staycation’ is still very much a big thing and more people than ever are taking camping or glamping holidays in the UK. If you are thinking of getting the tent down from the loft and setting off for a night or two under the stars, read on to find out about our range of enamelware, which is just perfect for camping trips.

Enamel plates, dishes, mugs and pans

No matter how high tech the tent manufacturers try to be, it is a fact that camping is very much a low-tech affair that is all about going back to basics and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. With many of us having such fond memories of family camping holidays back in the 70s or 80s, the trend for nostalgic, vintage-inspired camping accessories is unsurprising. Our range of enamel dishes, plates, tea and coffee pots and mugs fits beautifully with this trend and is incredibly practical.

We have a fantastic selection of enamel plates that are ideal for camping. They are sold in sets of four and come in a range of shapes and sizes, including flat plates, rice plates and soup plates. The rice plates are a particularly great choice for camping, as the high sides of the plate help to keep the food where it should be if you are balancing the plate on your knees!

Not just enamel plates

In addition to plates, our enamelware range includes dishes in a variety of shapes and sizes and gorgeous teapots and coffee pots with mugs to match. The round enamel dishes are great for serving rice or pasta, while the traditional oblong dishes can be used to hold ribs or sausages fresh from the barbecue – and numerous other things.

For a real touch of camping style, check out the range of gorgeous tea and coffee pots – their vintage styling makes them so appealing. Just looking at them online makes you wish you were in a field somewhere, sitting in an old-fashioned deckchair with a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee, admiring the view or snoozing with a good book. Available in a range of chic colours, these pots and mugs are completely charming.

If you are going camping this summer, send us a photo via Twitter or Facebook of you enjoying your enamel dishes, plates and pots.

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Perfect pie dishes

Perfect pie dishes  

Apples Clafoutis pie (Flognarde) in enamel baking dish, selective focus

Whether part and parcel of the current trend for home cooking, making and mending and all things thrifty or part of a wider hankering for things that remind us of times gone by, there is no denying that the vintage look is very much on trend and looks set to remain so for quite a time.

Home baking fits perfectly with this, with more and more people ditching the supermarket ready meals and looking for quick and easy home-cooked alternatives, whereby they know exactly what has gone into the dish. Pies are the ultimate home-cooked ready meal and can be prepared in batches in advance, stored in the freezer, and brought out as and when needed.

Falcon pie dishes

The quintessential pie dish is, of course, the blue-rimmed enamel pie dish from Falcon. Whilst there are more shapes and sizes in the range these days, the Falcon dish has changed very little over the years, no doubt because it is such a classic. For lovers of vintage, this is the perfect dish for all occasions.

A reliable and much-loved feature of kitchens since 1920, the Falcon pie dish offers durability and style. It is tough enough to withstand the rigours of the kitchen, but smart enough to bring to the table to serve from. Our range includes the traditional oblong dishes alongside flat plates, round dishes and rectangular bake pans.

Filling those pie dishes 

Rhubarb pie, cake, isolated. Gray background.

With spring finally here, the first forced rhubarb of the season will be ready. A rhubarb pie is perfect for a weekend treat and here is the recipe for a delicious rhubarb pie that your grandma would be proud of.

Ingredients

Pastry:

230g butter

60g caster sugar

2 large eggs

250g plain flour

Filling:

800g chopped rhubarb

175g sugar

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 4.
  2. Make the pastry. First, cream the butter and sugar together; next, add the eggs, beating the mixture for a minute or two. Gradually mix in the flour.
  3. Remove the pastry from the bowl and leave to chill for one hour.
  4. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry and line a 22cm Falcon pie dish.
  5. Place the rhubarb on the pastry and sprinkle the sugar over it.
  6. Roll out the rest of the pastry and use it to form the pie crust.
  7. Brush the pie crust with a little beaten egg, seal down the edges of the pie, and place in the oven for 45-60 minutes.
  8. Serve with whipped cream, custard, crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

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Inspiring Ideas for Pie Dishes

Ideas for Pie Dishes

 This winter has been nowhere near as miserable as last year; however, on wet and windy days and with the nights still dark before we arrive home from work, we all need some seriously warming comfort food from time to time. Pies are the quintessential wintertime treat – filling and hearty, simple and delicious. As 23 January is National Pie Day, we thought we would take a look at some mouth-watering pie recipes and showcase a few of our classic pie dishes in which to serve these tasty delights.

 Delicious ideas to fill those pie dishes

 Some pies are obvious choices for hearty winter-warmer suppers, such as beef and ale pie or traditional shepherd’s pie. If you want to do something a little more unusual, why not buy some diced game from your local butcher and make a rich, indulgent hot game pie filled with pheasant and venison alongside winter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and swede?

 If you are looking for a pie that is a little lighter, a chicken and mushroom pie usually goes down well, as does a chicken, ham and leek pie. Vegetarians will love a broccoli, spinach and cream cheese pie topped with mashed potato, or perhaps a leek and potato pie with added feta cheese and a crusty pie topping.

 No post about pies would be complete without at least a mention of sweet pies. If you have a hankering for an appetising dessert pie, look no further! The good old-fashioned apple pie is the nation’s favourite, of course, but sometimes we all fancy cooking something a little different. Try rhubarb and custard pie for a sweet treat that will have everyone queuing up for more. Mix rhubarb and a smooth egg custard together and pour into a pastry base, then cover with a pastry top for a pie like no other.

 Enamel or ceramic pie dishes?

 

Home-made shepherds pie in traditional enamel dish.

Home-made shepherds pie in traditional enamel dish.

We stock a wide range of pie dishes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The two main brands are Falcon, which produces those iconic white enamel dishes with a blue rim, and Mason Cash, maker of the traditional brown pie dish. It is really up to you as to whether you choose to use an enamel or ceramic pie dish; however, if you are thinking of making a pie to heat up later in the microwave, an enamel pie dish would not be suitable and a Mason Cash dish would be the right choice.

 

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Traditional enamel pie dishes

Traditional enamel pie dishes

Look around almost every British kitchen and you are sure to find one or two iconic pieces of kitchenware. Traditional enamel plates and pies dishes are one of these traditional icons, with their plain white styling and blue rim. These dishes are versatile and durable and it is not surprising that they have been firm kitchenware favourites for generations. In this post, we take a look at the Falcon range of enamel plates and pie dishes and highlight a few ideas for what to cook in them.

Enamel pie dishes and plates from Falcon

Falcon has been making traditional white enamelware for almost a century. Enamelware is brilliantly suited to the rigours of the busy kitchen, as it is virtually indestructible. You might chip a pie dish if you drop it, but you won’t ever break it! You can pop enamelware in the dishwasher, and in the oven, and you can even use enamel dishes on the hob. Enamelware is not suitable for the microwave, however, but it can be put in the freezer.

We carry an extensive range of Falcon enamelware, including flat plates, rice plates, soup plates and pie dishes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Many dishes are available as a set of three or four, in various sizes, and these are perfect if you want to prepare a batch of pies for the freezer.

Home-made shepherds pie in traditional enamel dish.

Home-made shepherds pie in traditional enamel dish.

Recipe ideas for enamel pie dishes

When we think about traditional pies cooked in a pie dish, we usually think first of steak and kidney pie, or perhaps beef and ale pie; however, there is much more to pies and there are all sorts of tempting recipes available to tickle your taste buds.

A ham, leek and potato pie is a nice idea if you are looking for something a little lighter than a traditional beef pie. Chicken and bacon also work well in a pie, combined with leeks and a splash of creme fraiche to create a creamy sauce. Vegetarians will love alternatives such broccoli and mushroom pie or spinach and gruyere cheese pie.

Traditionally, pies were seen as good, hearty food for everyday mealtimes and were not really considered ‘posh’ enough for dinner parties; however, this has changed and pies are very much in fashion again, especially the more contemporary pie recipes. If you are looking for an unusual recipe idea for a dinner party with friends, why not try a rich pheasant pie, a hearty venison pie, or even a wild rabbit pie? Each of these is guaranteed to get guests talking and will be a delight to eat.

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