These days I'm trying to eat a little lighter at supper. I'm not making so many 'meat and two veg' meals and instead I'm leaning towards a combination of vegetables, grains and the occasional bit of protein. Think stir fry, jook, egg bowl or large, complex salads. I call these meals my One Dish Supper, inspired in part by these lovely bowls by Occidental, CA potter Barbara Hoffman
The bowls are about 9" in diameter and fairly shallow. They're perfect for things like pasta and stir fry. (Some people also say soup but I find it cools too quickly with such a broad surface.) The rounded shape of the bowl makes it easy to scoop up food and there's something very reassuring about wrapping my hands around its shape and slope.
It's fun to arrange food within the bowl: a pile of shredded beets here, some rice there, a little crumble of cheese or a sprinkle of green onion. Maybe a poached egg in the middle. Or you can just toss in a stir fry, pick up a pair of chopsticks and a napkin, and head out to the back porch for a nice supper al fresco.
These bowls are handmade and run about $30 each, but Ms. Hoffman is not the only potter to make this kind of bowl. Keep a look out at craft fairs and on handmade sites like Etsy for similar styles. I wish I could show you one of my classic suppers in my One Dish Supper bowl, but unfortunately I broke mine recently and haven't had a chance to get out to Occidental to purchase another one. But rest assured, I won't wait too much longer before replacing this favorite dish.
See more of Barbara Hoffman's work at Occidental Pottery and Wood.
(Image: Occidental Pottery and Woord)