Iron Cast Casserole 鑄鐵鍋 Le Staub

A typical shopping trip for me: setting out to get something and ending up with another thing which was not even in my mind scope at all.

3 3/4 qt. 2-in-1 PanA friend said Le Creuset is on sale at Sur La Table so I went all the way to get a Creuset at the South Coast Plaza, which is like 20 miles away from where I live.

友人在舊金山買了特價的綠色Le Creuset鑄鐵鍋,才150美金。於是我興沖沖地跑去離家二十哩的同一家店。但是我喜歡橘色的,稅前還是要170美金!

I love the orange color of the Creuset’s 2-in-1 3 3/4 qt pan, but the price at $169 before tax is still intimidating, plus I hardly fry anything anyway.

Set of 3 Mini CocottesThen I thought of getting those cute little mini cocottes. Three for $55. I can see myself making crème brûlée with these, or having my pasta lunch. But then, I thought of the cocotte I bought in China with only 5 RMB…any individual Chinese medicine cooking pot can do the trick as well, I think.




就在我的揮霍心和理智心爭戰不休的時候,經過了交談中的售貨員和顧客,她們正在對一個大盒子品頭論足。於是發現了這個超值組合:140美金有一個鑄鐵鍋,加4個小陶鍋,是另一個法國牌子Le Staub的。這個牌子和LC的主要不同處在於內裡是不粘鍋塗層,其實更適合我!鍋子的顔色又比LC的顔色典雅。於是試抱之後(主要障礙是不確定自己能不能扛著這箱寶貝、越過商場到車上。這時就會怨歎身邊還是有個男人好~),就當成運動,抱了回家。

Then I found this amazing deal which I simply cannot say no: $139 for a 4 qt iron casserole plus 4 mini ceramic cocottes. The color of mini cocottes is a bit too dark for serving on the table but I simply love the grenadine color of the big one. Not to mention that cute blue, white and red ribbon tied on it! La France, je t’aime!

The only debate I had with myself was where I can carry this box by myself to my car, as I parked the car at the other end of the mall. And I made it! So now I am happily living after with my cocottes.


I first heated some left over pasta after this physical exercise. The mini cocotte worked just nicely. No dry-out issue as with microwave, and much faster than traditional pan. You need to stir from time to time with a traditional pan to ensure evenly cooked. With this, I didn’t stir at all as I was busy preparing the broccolis to try the big cocotte. 




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Then I tried to cook some broccoli and zucchini. Tested again on the 2nd day to ensure it was not just luck.

Now I am fully convinced the advantage of“evenly cooked”by an iron cast casserole. The broccolis stayed green and crunchy while all of them were cooked. I only opened the cover and stirred three times I think. And the veggies do taste more juicy with more flavors. Staub’s interior non-sticky enamel is another plus for a lazy cook like myself.


IMG_2285And there is an collateral impulse purchase I made at the shop. I bought this red Josef Josef scoop earlier. Though I was a bit skeptical about all those plastic stuff, at that time I just badly needed a scoop as scalding vegetable is my primary way of cooking. And the shape of this scoop made it so easy to take out anything from the boiling water really quick – be it chopped vegetable or pasta.

So when I saw this tuner from the same line, I decided to buy it immediately. It would be great to turn the pancake, or even cut a fish fillet while frying it. Of course, the only question is I cannot remember when was the last time I made  pancake. And I am very sure I have never pan fried any fish in this life so far… and I pray that I will never do that in the future. So I am still puzzled what to do with this newly acquired turner.

Anyway, if anyone has good recipe for slow cooking, please kindly share.

這是附帶的衝動購物戰利品。紅色那隻是之前買的,因為我基本上都是白灼蔬菜為生,之前需要瀝水大勺時,買了這個Joseph Joseph的勺子,那個形狀非常順手,不管要從鍋裡撈什麽出來,都撈得又快有多。




130515 prasiolite_002_美图Got a new pair of earrings to match the dress randomly put on today…speaking of irrational purchase…elas!!

Prasiolite, aka green amethyst. In Greek language the name derives from leek. So a person doesn’t eat leek ends up with 2 leek stones…actually they should be called "green quartz after heat treatment for the leek color".

All but names and delusion, but a beautiful illusion for a few days I guess or at least I hope so.

May I continue to remember to offer this beautiful illusion to the triple gem as well.








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The Iranian designer helped to change the earrings style into dangler, but their shop was closing already (most shops at St. Vincent jewelry mart  closing by 5pm) so I had to go with her brother to various smith studio to do the work. Such an interesting tour!

1st studio did the ring resizing and adding small rings at the earrings and the danglers.

2nd studio did the laser to cut some place at the 2 pieces earrings.

3rd studio did the stone setting on the ring, color dipping for the ring to change the white gold color into yellow gold., and also finalized the earrings.

During this interesting side tour, the guy asked me what I do. “Nothing,”I said. Then he asked again, “House wife?”I said no and he seemed really surprised, “Not even a housewife?”God knows what that means.

The US customs also like to ask me what I do. Indian customs also asked a few times. And everybody seems to be really surprised when I tell them I don’t have a job. I guess in industrial world it is very hard for people to accept some other people decide to remain idle and useless.