The Kauri Museum in Northland New Zealand is a bit like Dr. Who’s Tardis… it looks small on the outside but once inside, you keep finding a new bit that extends further and branches off just around each corner.
Around this corner I discover an entire section devoted to Kauri wood incorporated into kitchen equipment… a topic as a Foodie that is close to my heart.
From butter churns to washing machine mangles, rolling pins to decorative shortbread and butter forms, I’m captivated.
Now there were a few extra non-Kauri items sneaked into the display too… and yes, those gorgeous cast iron pots and pans had me drooling just as much as the woodwork items did.
Foodies amongst you will understand the diversion and forgive me for it… the rest of you I will box around the ears with either the Kauri rolling pin or a cast iron skillet… your choice !
(of course I’m only joking, Family Kiwidutch are not a hitting family). Once again I find myself sighing wistfully at the beauty of the workmanship of these tactile tools… they were once the hard working workhorses of the “modern” kitchen and how little we appreciate not having to churn our own butter!
(but I bet that butter churn wouldn’t have looked too beautiful to the poor lady of the house who had to labour over it every day… and of course going to the gym was never a necessity for her, since she got more than her fair share of workouts in her house every day just keeping up with the housework).
Let’s take a look around…