A story of old pans and new.
Once apon a time, Mama and I arrived early at Myer Booragoon, before opening time on boxing day. This was in the days when "door buster specials" were still offered. I was planning to leave home within months and there were a veyr few sets of three nice saucepans on sale for some ridiculously small amount of money. I can't quite remember how much. $39 possibly? We edged our way to be about the first people through the doors and fairly flew up to the kitchen section. Right at the top of the escalators was a stack of maybe 5 sets of these pans. One set was grabbed and purchased pronto. We had a grand time doing this! Then, a little later, i really did leave home, meet a gas stove for the first time, learnt to cook, moved house 8-10 times, learnt to like cooking...
About two dozen years later, these are those faithful pans
I have just given them a scrub with gumption, so they look shinier than usual, and even better in the photo than they do in person. They aquired a couple of big siblings soon after the door buster adventure in the shape of a casserole and stock pot. They are actually pretty battered, scratched and dented. The lids have been dropped so many times that edges have gone a bit frilly and leak steam all over the place. They still work ok but sometimes I run out of pots when cooking one of my increasingly common dinner parties. I also confess that I have been craving some nice new shiny ones. I do know that this is a want rather than a need, really. An indulgence. I do feel I can justify it though. I cook rather a lot and would so enjoy new pans to play with. Though I almost feel I need to apologise for being able to afford new ones. The set I am contemplating will cost about as much as a Chrissie trip to the family home. I could say I'll pay for them with all the money I've saved by not going to fancy restaurants and cooking for my friends instead.
I had been looking, in a "had my eyes open" sense, for a new set, for the last few years, without success. Then recently, DrQ had a saucepan emergency. I promised to buy her a new one as an early birthday present before her old one died the death it was threatening. So I did some more research. The brand and style I found that ticked ALL my (saucepan) boxes was Cuisinart-Chef's Classic. The pic below is the pan I got for her. It really is lovely, and there is a great range of sizes and shapes in this style. BUT it is really hard to get many of them in Oz. To get all the pans I want, I would have to figure out how to best jump through the hoops of ordering from the US.
On the other hand. I found this set. Chasseur Maison. I actually already have two frying pans from this set but had never seen saucepans for sale. Online magic showed that there is a fairly large range of these available. Large enough for what I am after anyway. Hoorah! I nearly put a big order in, but I've never handled any of the saucepans. So I've just ordered the littlest one as a test. If I like it, then it's on for young and old.
And the handles are very much designed to echo very trad french styling which rather pleases me. See: