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Old 09-01-2018, 06:27 PM   #1
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40-odd years ago I left Menorca for England with, among other things, a treasured set of terracotta cazuelas like this but heavier and more rustic.
The largest was about 20 inches across and made paella for around 20 people. I've used it many times on the gas hob here in GB and it never let me down.

This morning a friend rang me up to ask if she could borrow it. I went to get it out of its hiding place (in the drawer under the wardrobe in the spare bedroom - well, where else would you keep a cazuela?)


I nearly cried. It was an old friend who'd given sterling service.

I will need to re-pot some of my house plants next spring so I'll break up the remains of Old Faithful to use as drainage crocks in the plant pots so its demise won't be a complete loss.
Don’t look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Stomp along and switch the bl**dy thing on yourself.
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Old 09-01-2018, 07:43 PM   #2
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A 20 " pan could feed 20 people? How deep was it?

I've been looking for a big paella pan, as well as a big tagine.
The past is gone it's all been said.
So here's to what the future brings,
I know tomorrow you'll find better things
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Old 09-01-2018, 10:33 PM   #3
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I am so very sorry Mad Cook.
I certainly know what it's like to lose
a long treasured kitchen item,
that can not be replaced, either
physically or emotionally.
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