Here is a color-accent photo of my darling baby. I didn't know how to use the function properly (still don't, not exactly) when I took this photo, so the color it had picked was yellow, as you can see a bit in her ears and in the background. Ah well. I just like the photo.
Whoa, it's been over 2 months since I posted a two-tier bento.
Top tier: broccoli slaw with some homemade dill yogurt; roasted fennel
Bottom tier: Collards quesadilla
SO I HAVE A RANT AND I HAVE BEEN PRETTY GOOD ABOUT NOT RANTING ON FEISTY BENTO (I think... correct me if I'm wrong!)...
Remember that brand new toy I bought?
I am going to return it.
What is that?
So, it's staining and I don't cook at the rim, I don't understand it. Apparently, enameled cast iron gets stains sometimes. Fine. That's all fine and dandy then. I've Googled it and it happens to all brands. That is fine.
But you notice something in this picture? The top of the pot, the rim so to speak... is un-enameled cast iron. It's raw. I've read the care instructions over and over again, and it simply says to not use metal utensils, hand wash thoroughly, blah, blah, blah, I do/did those things. However, it says nothing about drying it thoroughly (I tend to let my dishes and pots/pans air-dry).
What's the problem? You don't see where this is going?
Cast iron + water = RUST
This is why I wanted an enameled cast iron pot - so I wouldn't have to deal with rust!!!
Can you see it in this picture?
This one? (The lighting was a bit hard; I wanted to use natural light but it wasn't that sunny this morning, I will take more pictures if it's sunny when I get home.) That's the underside 'rim' of the lid, which is also un-enameled.
Do you see these horrible, ugly, pitted rust marks???
WHAT THE FARTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT? I didn't buy enameled cast iron so I could have stuff that's a pain in the ass to keep clean! I only used it 3 times, too, which makes this complete bull-poopy!
I'm returning you, and a big F U to the Martha Stewart Collection of enameled cast iron! I'm warning you all, if you're low-maintenance like I am - ie, like low-care items for the most part because let's face it, I'm a busy freakin' girl and don't have time to hand dry all of my pots and pans regularly! - then do NOT buy these pans. Martha Stewart owes me $65.03 (that's including tax)!!!
Grrrrrrr. Now I have to lug this heavy pot back to Macy's to return. It was bad enough lugging it home in the rain, now I have to lug it BACK in the humidity!?
Think outside the lunchbox!!!