I love collecting beautiful metal trays, and have found numerous uses for them, other than serving drinks. Metal or tin trays are pretty easy to find, but many of them are rather ghastly looking. Luckily, I’ve managed to collect some very attractive ones, usually made by Daher, a company that used to be in Long Island City, NY, but now no longer seems to exist.
Many of their motifs are classical or Asian in origin, and the images are beautifully rendered, and most stand the test of time. I can’t remember when or where I found this tray, but it’s a pretty big size, about 22x18 inches. I have it hanging behind my stove, and it works wonderfully in that space.
I was struck with a brilliant idea this weekend, if I do say so myself! I was making dinner for friends on Saturday, and needed to constantly refer to the recipe. In a flash, I realized that I could stick the recipe to the tray with a little magnet, and have it right in front of me for reference. It was simple to chop, dice, cook and simmer, all with the recipe right at eye level, and out of my way. And when I put the image up on my FB page, the delightful Lisa Porter, of The Lisa Porter Collection, said that she has a tray similar to this one above her stove, and it also recently occurred to her to stick her recipes on it. Great minds, and all that!
And yes, I made the delicious Country Captain again.