I was staying with a former colleague for a couple of weeks this summer. The hostess and I go back a long way, over 20 glorious years. In all that time we used to discuss cooking and household management on an almost daily basis. This colleague was definitely the mistress of her kitchen. She and her husband only ever bought the best makes for every household item, from kitchenware to coffee sets and dinner services. The casseroles were bought in complete sets from tiny to gargantuan. This amused me greatly as they had no children and I assumed absolutely no need for the largest of any set of dishes, pans etc. Wrong. She used to batch bakes and cook every Saturday whilst her husband did overtime shifts. This habit she retains to make the most of seasonal food where she now resides in spendid luxury of her hidey hole in the Med!