Father Rabbit's DinnerwareSep 17, 2018
Choosing a new dinner set can often be an overwhelming task. There are a lot of different materials and shapes to pick from and usually it’s quite the investment purchase. Whether you fancy a gorgeous organic-shaped collection of dinner plates to sit pride of place on open shelving or you’re looking for an invincible staple set to withstand family life, Father Rabbit’s dining collection has a little something for everyone. Today we’ve teamed our post with a few of our current favourite recipes - which handily feature our key dinner pieces.
Our Perla range of earthenware is handmade in Portugal. The cream colour and the simple little dot detail on the trim make this collection a classic. With dinner plates, side plates and bowls, you can complete the look with the Perla platter and the tea and coffee range of teacups, mugs, teapot and creamer jug set. You may remember seeing the Perla range on the blog before as we showcased the platter and the dinner plates as part of our in-house shoot of Kelly Gibney’s Spaghetti Bolognese.
Bone china dinnerware is another durable option for everyday use. Due to the composition of bone ash and kaolin clay, bone china plates, bowls, mugs and cups can be made all that much thinner and finer. Bone china is known for its resistance to chipping as well as its characteristic white, translucent colour. We have two ranges of bone china at Father Rabbit. The Botswana Botanical range is a nod to Father Rabbit's love of botanical motifs and we have loved the response we’ve had from our customers upon debuting this collection. When we first posted this on Instagram back in March, there was a plethora of comments in adoration! One of our favourites comments noted “these are so incredible - it’s like a party every time you have dinner!”. We can’t help but agree. They are such celebration plates and you can get the tumbler to match!
We also have a very simple white range of bone china. What we love about this range is the choice of two dinner plates; one plate is without any rim detail for a super simple look and the other has a traditional wide rim. This range is really reasonable with prices starting at $19 for the dinner plates and $12 for the matching side plate. It’s important to note too, that bone china is microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. And whilst we’re on the subject of caring for your plates, if you ever notice any little silvery-grey fine lines on your bone china, porcelain or ceramic plates, it’s a sign of the nickel content in your cutlery. These little marks can be easily wiped away with a little baking soda and water mix.
A kitchen staple since the 1920s, enamelware is the ultimate all-rounder collection. Formed with glass fused on to heavy-gauge steel, enamelware essentially behaves like a durable ceramic; it is smooth, easy to clean, chemical resistant and the colour won’t fade. Each piece will withstand the hot oven, the dishwasher and if any chips occur, the steel will naturally oxidise giving the range incredible durability and longevity. If you have an extensive enamel collection already, we highly recommend adding a copper cloth or two to your cleaning arsenal as the fine copper threads gently remove any cooking stains from the enamel without causing any scratches.
Enamel dinner plates and bowls are perfect for homemade burgers, a slice of pizza or your favourite noodle recipe. We love this fresh and simple recipe from Kelly Gibney. Her Crunchy Fish Tacos are best enjoyed with a zesty lime yoghurt sauce and glass of beautiful sauvignon blanc. We’ve also recently stumbled upon Olivia Gallety’s mouth-watering Instagram feed; a total food heaven! We love Olivia’s recipe for this Spiced Chocolate and Orange Bread and Butter Pudding. If you fancied making a little extra effort for dessert this weekend, we’d highly recommend our enamel round roaster to build this gorgeous tower of sourdough filled with sultanas, candied orange peel, vanilla and lots of cream.
For many, Robert Gordon is a household name. As a family business based in Australia that has been running for over sixty years, they’ve created some of the most beautifully shaped ceramics we’ve ever stocked. As such, it’s very difficult to pick a favourite between the Mason and the Earth range. The Mason range is made up of white ceramics with a high gloss finish whereas the Earth range utilises a reactive glaze upon a natural, flecked colour ceramic. Both ranges were initially developed from what could be created on the thrower's wheel before production on a larger scale. Robert Gordon proudly design and develop all of their glazes in house and each piece of pottery is glazed by hand, allowing for slight idiosyncrasies that make each plate and bowl unique. We must admit Kelly's Lemon Thyme Pancakes with Honey and Vanilla Bean Labne look stunning on the Earth range dinner plate.
When you have beautiful ceramics, they truly become multi-purpose. Friend of Father Rabbit, Sarah Tanner, has used the Robert Gordon Earth Bowl to show off her amazing Salted Nut Butter Protein Bites as well as a delicious looking Vegan Nourishing Bowl. You should definitely take a peek at her Instagram feed if you're after bright, nutritious plant-based meals and snacks.
It is so important to enjoy your dinnerware everyday - even those special pieces that you think you should only bring out at Christmas or for someone’s birthday. Whether you’re plating up a super salad, a quick weeknight meal or creating a beautiful cheese platter, it really does make the everyday more enjoyable.