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saucy splat tomato crown lynn plate

Summer’s ready to burst on the scene here in Sydney and across the country the bbqs are cranking up. 

kiwi sauce bottle bbq

kiwi sauce bottle tupperware tomato timer

Time to get saucy again bro. There’s much to celebrate.


kiwi sauce bottle splat

You say tom mate o. I say tom ahto

but we all say this is the Kiwi Sauce Bottle, don’t we?
The tomato shaped dispenser is a retro icon from the 1950’/ 60s used by Watties for years in New Zealand. Now classic Kiwiana. Even been seen on Happy Days at the Cunningham’s kitchen table apparently.
Source: The Good Store

and it’s all about the squeeze people

One good one is all you need.  There’s a reason some things endure, and it’s quite often design. One squirt = one serve. Be elegant in your portions. Control waste. Trust the mechanism.

sauce saucy dishes tomato saucepan

And while I’m dishing out info like a google pro, what’s the difference between Tomato Sauce and Ketchup? From what I can pick up its definitely more sugar, and less important, less vinegar. Seems it’s hard to go back once you’ve had Ketchup, but I’ve been to America recently eating way too many french fries with ketchup and I’m not hunting it out in my local supermarket.

Totes happy with the original. But liking ketchup is not a mis-allegiance to the Aussie or Kiwi flag no matter how you slice it. Found this funny forum thread here in Poh’s Kitchen FYI.

tomato slicer murano glass

extra sauce:

Remember the tomato joke from Pulp Fiction?

And to source these quirky saucy tomato based products [purchase or hire]
click here

Ketchup later, ey?

tomato sauce products urban rustic

coffee coffee coffee container small 2

Extracting old files. Time poor. Caffeine rich.
Urban Rustic now serving coffee. And it is good #coffeeup = code for enable dynamic functionality

javascript bakelite coffee canisters vintage retro spoons

Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.

Gertrude Stein

vintage corningware pyrex coffee mugs container

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

Albert Camus

coffee flavoured beverine The Simpsons

Can I offer you a cup of coffee-flavoured beverine? 
Yes, I take it grey with creamium.

The Simpsons, Season 9 Episode 2
The Principal and the Pauper

KOFFIE grinder clint Eastwood mug coffee spoon

Go ahead, make my day.

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact
Best coffee movie scene ever shot.


vintage silver coffee been spoons

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

T.S. Eliot
urban rustic coffee cart
That’s the lovely Kat. Local Barista. She’s made my coffee for years in various coffee shops on the Northern Beaches. It’s so fun to have company in the shop and ridiculous to have someone to say to,  can I have a coffee? and it’s like the best coffee. Leftfield Old Fox. Love it. Really smooth. Not bitter. Yep like Scarface I’m gettin high on my own supply.
Come in if you can. If you say you read this you can have a free coffee, ruby chai, organic tea. Whatever.
I’d be stoked. Cheers Sandy 🙂

mashed up mess of retro potato mashers 2

In the house that relies too heavily on bangers [not anthems] and mash for me to call myself a foodie and with 2.5 kids  to comfort feed it’s a subject of hot debate. Sadly.

Retro potato masher novelty peeler

The half man half child prefers to use this one.
It’s what he grew up with.

Orange seventies retro plastic potato masher  copy

My mum rocked this crazy seventies number…

skyline vintage blue potato masher mash copy copy

but this is me. A design classic. And totally the best masher. Like eva. Who’s with me?

Stay tuned for more hard hitting topics including tales from Spatula City



Yep it’s totally happening here.

orange retro whisk glass and murano fruit copy
I love orange…
The colour. And the fruit.

Orange is the colour of adventure and social communication, according to colour psychology. It is optimistic, uplifting and spirit rejuvenating. Apparently so much so that we should find ways to use it everyday, even if it is just an orange coloured pen or a kooky kitchen whisky thingy.

Read more here if you want to empower yourself with color psychology

orange pyrex bowl and whisk

Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling ’70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the ’70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture — and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent! Orange shouted out to the world that you didn’t take things too seriously: that you weren’t old and crusty, that you were not your parents, and that you didn’t have a living room full of plastic-covered furniture. Rather, your furniture was made of plastic — and it was probably designed by Verner Panton.

Jonathan Adler 
Happy Chic: Colors

orange swift whip and miracle bowls

And this is just a taste, a small mix of my orange collection.
So so much more to come… it’s a Work In Progress. If you’re an orange fan, please watch this space.

In the meantime you can try some Candy. John Candy.

Orange whip? Orange whip?

So what is an Orange Whip?

It’s a cocktail made with rum and vodka mixed with cream and orange juice. Blended and frothy and poured over ice in a tall glass. Mmm….

And a 1950’s non alcoholic beverage made famous in this seemingly random quirky scene from the Blues Brothers which was actually ad libbed as a favour to the Sales Director of the Orange Whip Corporation which had supplied drinks on the film set.

orange whip and retro glasses juice carafe copy

Anyway, for now that’s it…


vintage avocado green retro flower pyrex

My entire collection of 1970s avocado green Pyrex in Crazy Daisy and Spring Blossom [the smaller flower print with leaves] for sale $125 plus postage. Out they go…

to make room for these: welcome Holmegaard…

Holmegaard green glass candlestick vases mid century Royal Copenhagen buy

Candle or vase? You flip. Double the functionality, three times the quality from the brilliant Danish legends in Royal Copenhagen Crystal.

Holmegaard Crystal vases candleholders

And more on the holm front: Cathrineholm that is.  Assume the Lotus position people, and hold onto it? Or let it go?

Cathrineholm Enamel Tea Kettle Lotus green white Norway

My first piece. Can you keep a secret? I managed to buy this on Ebay listed as vintage mid-century Danish [actually it’s Norwegian] kettle. Woot. I feel kind of bad. Should I have told her it was Cathrineholm? I didn’t get it for ridic cheap, there’s plenty of cluey ebayers out there, but I did get it for half the price, or a quarter depending where you look.

So do I keep it and start a collection I can’t afford to have [the quality and thickness of the enamel is outstanding, I do see why they are sought after] or send it off to a happy new home with a few bucks extra in my pocket?

More green, with envy this time, when a few days later a lovely lady visiting my shop told me she picked up an orange Lotus bowl for $4 at our local Red Cross. [RRP between  $140 – $200] Not quite the holy grail of collecting, like buying a box of $200 million Ansel Adams negatives at a garage sale for $45  but an awesome score all the same. She said she had heart palpitations. Me too, I couldn’t concentrate for about half an hour after hearing that story. Damn I wish it had been me…

So I think I might let the kettle go, I love being green, but its orange and blue and yellow that I’m digging the most.

What’s your best roadside/ garage sale, market score? I love these stories. Seems they are a bit thin on the ground now even the sweet old ladies at Salvos get on Ebay before pricing a piece of plastic.

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