Made in England

Sometimes where we were “made” is an important factor. It can speak of the quality of our heritage and background and therefore our value. Like a wine from the Bordeaux region of France or a tulip grown in Holland, where a thing is from might add or take away from our perceived value of it.

Sometimes what we’re made of is the important thing. It’s good for an object such as a dining room table to be made of a sturdy material such as oak, allowing that table to be passed down over several generations. Much better than one made of particle board and covered with a veneer of faux wood grain.

Sometimes what we’re made for is the main thing. A pastry chef must use the proper equipment to produce delectable desserts that tease the eye and tempt the tastebuds. The delicate pastry must be contained and supported by a sturdy form if it is to be baked and, in turn, contain perhaps either a lemony or rich custardy filling. Simple stuff really but a delightful pastry such as this cannot be made without the proper equipment. Without a support structure the delicious ingredients would bake up in the shape of a free-form blob, indistinguishable as something worthy of presented in a bake shop display case.

All hail those whose purpose in life it is to reinforce others. Those who bring form and order and design to the every day. Blow the trumpet for all the indispensable tart pans, aka the dedicated nurses who support our health, the tireless educators who inspire while instilling knowledge into us, the hardworking farmers who grow the food that nourishes our bodies, and so many, many others in supporting occupations.

A vintage tart pan made in England and found on my recent visit to Central Coast California. It will continue to produce delicious desserts for another 50 years or more. Humble yet designed for a purpose.

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