Rose's June Shop Watch: Yellow Pasta Bowls
Yellow pasta bowls
Puglia Splatter Range
Sunshine all year round
My husband likes painting churches. The one that I love the most is not because of its architectural accuracy, but because it looks like an Italian church bathed in sunshine. It just lifts the spirits. And that is the power of yellow. It means sunshine with all of its associated symbolism of joy, warmth, happiness. For colour can create a mood, an atmosphere a feeling. It is not for nothing that there is a genre of music called “the blues”!
So, I try to bring yellow into my life - in flowers, in clothes, and now in pasta bowls. When I saw these on the Sous Chef website, they too represented Italy bathed in sunshine, or more accurately in dappled sunshine - because they have a splatter design, reminiscent of Jackson Pollack. In fact, since this pottery has been made for centuries, maybe it provided the original inspiration for his painting?
The pottery is hand crafted in Puglia, at the heel of Italy, and is hand painted by maestri ceramici using artisanal techniques and traditions that go back for generations. You can explore the range and different colours – orange, black, blue, red, and aquamarine - on the Sous Chef website, but none of the other colours are as joyous as yellow. Simply buy the ceramic pitcher and fill it with flowers all year round starting with the first spring daffodils. Or you could opt for a dinner service of large plates, side plates and pudding bowls to brighten the table at every meal.
But I have chosen a large bowl and individual bowls for serving pasta. I prefer the shape of the Puglia Splatter Salad Bowl (28cm) shape to what is described on the website as a Pasta Bowl (29cm) simply because it has deeper sides which will keep the pasta hotter longer. And I shall be filling it with spaghetti cacio e pepe; spaghetti carbonara; linguine (or spaghetti) alla puttanesca. I shall make use of the last of the season’s asparagus mixed with the first of the season’s peas in a cream sauce for fresh tagliatelle; or pasta alla primavera. And what could more perfectly complement it than a lemon sauce for tagliatelle al limone?
And I plan on serving lots of summer salads in it: Panzanella, the Tuscan dish of ripe summer tomatoes mixed with cucumber, onion, basil and diced bread to soak up all the flavours; or a salade Nicoise; or a chef’s salad; or a fig salad mixed with prosciutto. And when it’s not in use for serving I shall just fill it with lemons and leave it as a table centrepiece! Yellow on yellow – sunshine all year round.
The power of yellow
Puglia Splatter Ceramic Range
28cm large salad bowl £25
19cm bowls £8.99
Price and availability as at 31st May 2022