A leisurely afternoon tea or a lazy breakfast, tea or coffee, macarons or croissants, what' s your choice? How about both? How about slowing down and enjoying some time with friends, a loved one, some music, something interesting to read...
We are living in pretty hectic times. Social media, the need we might feel to stay virtually connected at all times, all these things add to the relentlessness of today's life. We never seem to stop, never seem to quite switch off. As much as I enjoy it all, it's no surprise that this way of life can be stressful and that it occasionally makes me want to take a step back, get away from it all for a little while and assume a slower pace.
When I received my Le Creuset kettle, Monsieur's first reaction was "we're not getting rid of the electric kettle". Of course it's quicker to boil water that way, but that's exactly the point and maybe the problem. We are so used to and expect things to be immediately available that we have lost the ability to accept even the smallest delay. We are impatient and there's always something pressing to be done or time to be saved. Those few moments which we might at some point have filled with little day dreams or new ideas are now filled with posting tweets or updates on Facebook. I believe that sometimes we need to make the conscious decision to wait, to take my time over something as simple as making coffee and be more mindful about these small things and moments.
Le Creuset is one of those brands which for me stands for a slower pace, a simpler life, food made from scratch and, yes, water that takes a little longer to boil before I can enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee. A company that was founded in 1925, it still retains the handcrafted techniques and its original way of forging and casting during the manufacturing process of its cookware. The Cocotte (French oven) was one of their first ever produced items and remains to this day one of their most popular designs. The enamel on steel stove kettle was first introduced in 1995 and comes in various colours, though of course I chose the cream one on offer at the Le Creuset range at Harrods. I am now deliberately using this kettle when making a hot drink and whilst waiting for the comforting whistling sound, I'm taking a moment to come up with new ideas or just let my mind wander. That's not bad for something as simple as a kettle, don't you think?