Once spring arrives, I eagerly anticipate weekend trips to local antique markets in search of must-have vintage items. Kitchen goods usually, although I've also been known to score a few other furnishings while out antiquing (tavern-turned-coffee-table for $20!)
Last year I decided to hunt for vintage hand mixers. Perfect for little fingers, I thought the mixers would be a great addition to our kitchen gadgets and something I could buy specifically for the boys to use when they wanted to work alongside me in the kitchen.
Boy, am I glad I purchased some of these! I picked up two over the course of the summer, for no more than $5 a piece, and gave them a good scrubbing. They now hang in the kitchen, ready for use, whenever the mood strikes one of the kids.
Jackson put his retro find to use this week when he worked on some homemade pudding. With little explanation from me, he was able to navigate this simple recipe. He needed both hands for mixing, so we placed the bowl on a wet towel to prevent it from sliding on the counter. The gadget went from bowl to pot quite easily and other than a measuring spoon, cup and spatula no dishes were required.
We're off to my wonder market this coming Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed that I happen upon a few other great finds!
Jack's Dark Chocolate Almond Pudding (adapted from Moosewood Cookbook)
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 oz. semisweet chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the cornstarch, sugar and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Add the almond milk and stir until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Allow to boil for 1 minute and reduce the heat to low. Add semisweet chocolate and stir until melted (3-4 minutes).
Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir. Pour into teacups or individual ramekins and refrigerate for two hours. Sieve a little confectioners sugar on the top and serve.