Gunther Wilhelm Cookware Unboxed (Plus a Kasha-Macaroni-Veggie Recipe)

Finally…

Before

After

…grown-up cookware.

Over ten years ago, as my husband and I drove across country moving from Chicago to our new home and life in New York, we stopped off at an outlet mall in Indiana to purchase T-Fal pots and pans.  It felt like a big deal at the time because when we married we essentially filled our kitchen with family hand-me downs.

Over the past year and a half I’ve planted myself firmly in my kitchen to make and create delicious vegan food. I take cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute, Organic Avenue and, mostly recently, at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies Three-Day Intensive Study Program.  Each time I walk out of a class I have serious cookware envy.

At the age of 45, I have purchased grown-up pots and pans.

Why Gunther Wilhelm cookware?  Because Christina recommended it.  Okay, wait, I’m not that impressionable. I actually asked her for recommendations with varied price points and she offered four suggestions. We then did the research on our end and opted for Gunther.

I immediately put those pots and pans to good use.

Kasha, Macaroni and Veggies (PRINTABLE RECIPE)
(Inspired by Christina Pirello)
Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/2 cup Kamut elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Fresh thyme, to taste

Instructions

  • Bring water to a boil in one pan.
  • In another pan, toast buckwheat over medium heat for five minutes.
  • Add a pinch or two of salt, onion, carrots and celery to the boiling water. Boil for 3 minutes.
  • Add macaroni and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Slowly add the toasted buckwheat and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, salt to taste and serve with fresh thyme.

This is a classic macrobiotic breakfast dish but, because I’m a bad girl, I enjoyed this brunch with packaged Fakin’ Bacon.

And the cookware? WOW.  I couldn’t believe how quickly the pots and pans heated up (so much so that I learned that you must take the food out ASAP because it will keep cooking even off the flame)!  The handles do not get hot, which is a bonus, and the lids have props that sit up on the counter.  I felt like I was big deal cooking up that macro brunch!

What’s in your kitchen that screams grown-up?

JL writes the blog JL goes Vegan:  Food & Fitness with a side of Kale.  You can follow JL on Twitter.

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