I’m not usually one to get emotional over utensils. I own as few as possible and use each of them for multiple tasks, some way beyond what they were designed for. The apple corer scoops out zucchini guts or bores a hole in a cupcake to make room for filling. The ice cream scoop measures batter for cupcakes, and, last week, served as a gardening tool when I planted mint.
Recently, after our dog Oliver left evidence of an upset stomach on our carpet, I used my spatula in the clean-up process. I know what you are thinking: remind me never to go to Jessica’s house for pancakes. Well, calm down. Even for me, the idea of putting that spatula back into food service was too much: I tossed it.
Just as I was about to summon the energy to seek a replacement on Bed, Bath and Beyond’s humungous utensil wall, this cute thing caught my eye in the newspaper: a spatula disguised as a perky, yellow flower. I bought it on the spot (and so can you, at Crate and Barrel).
And when it is not in use in the kitchen, it’ll make a dandy fly-swatter, or (pictured here), a stunt flower in my garden.