Completely hemispheric (no flat spots) antique copper bowl, from France, with brass holding ring. Get out the whisk and go to town. I usually avoid single-use tools in my kitchen but I make an exception for this beautiful bowl.
On many things in my life, I find I am a half-geek. That is, I am really interested in knowing HOW something happens (and will often spend hours studying how) but I often stop myself before completely knowing WHY it does. It’s like I still wish to be caught by surprise, or at least want to still have a bit of faith that something magical can happen. Also, it’s no fun being a geek 100% of the time (trust me).
In an effort to remove all things electronic from my life, I have increasingly gone for hand-powered tools in the kitchen. I like stirring/kneading/whisking things by hand, and fortunately my dependency on kitchen electronics was pretty thin to begin with…so not much has been recycled/rehomed. New things have come in, though, and most of those things were found by my husband (the household shopper) at either the antique mall in town or at various thrift stores. Here are two items I use all the time, especially now that eggs are in seriously great supply again: this hand-blender and this copper bowl.
When I use my (much faster) c. 1925 hand blender, I need both hands, so I make a nest with a dishtowel, tip the bowl, and start whipping. Loose whites to stiff peaks in less than 4 minutes.
Whipping egg whites is what I call lots of fun. The whole process: separating white from yolk, setting the whites in the bowl, reaching for the blender and the tea towel…it’s enjoyable to me. The result is fun too (meringue, souffle, roulade, even a simple cake). That I know how to whisk, or in this case blend, and even why it’s best done in a copper bowl are interesting facts to me…but that it happens at all is where I find the surprise.
And life in the kitchen would be quite boring without a bit of magic.
Herb and cheddar souffle