I have been asked a couple of times about the size of our plates and of course our portions, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to quickly show you.
You will have noticed by now that I photograph our food on the same plates over and over, that's just because that's what we use ... plain white crockery and the same cutlery that we have had for donkeys years. All in one cutlery means that there are no handles to work their way loose, so unless I use one of my knives to prise open a tin of paint or cook Lovely Hubby's steak until it's like the sole of a shoe there is little chance of anything ever happening to them, meaning we should never need to replace them .... I like continuity (and I do have four steak knives stashed in the cutlery drawer) :-)
The plates were bought from Dunelm and are a good make, we bought six and have four left without chips after three years of use. The mugs are also from Dunelm and we have a couple of slightly smaller mugs that came from Sainsbury's BUT because they are all white and all have the embossed circle design we can pick up additions or replacements from anywhere and that has always been the plan. I think plain white crockery lets the food sing out so much better, although I do admit to loving vintage mismatched china plates, proper vintage that is not all these modern reproductions available at the moment!
We also have a couple of other plates which were a bargain Emma Bridgewater 'Auricular' buy years ago, but these are larger and we have started eating off the smaller ones for virtually all our meals ... our usual plates measure 8.5 inches (21.5cms) across, it makes your portions look larger serving them on a smaller plate and tricks the tummy into thinking you've eaten far more than you actually have, Have you noticed that dinner plates have grown significantly in size in the last few years, so much so that kitchen wall cupboard doors can barely close over them, I do have four large white plates of a similar design to our small ones that live on the top shelf and come out as serving platters for buffet style meals at Christmas etc.
Occasionally I will put Lovely Hubby's meal on one of the patterned plates if he's eating off his lap in the living room while we're watching television ... after all it's hard to slice up meat on a small plate on your knee!! I had to go back quite a few months to find them in use at breakfast time as in this photo.
So this is what works for us, simple white crockery and stainless steel cutlery, a few fancier bits for use at other times or for specific purposes, but most definitely no special Easter, Christmas or Valentine's Day crockery that gets used once a year and then clutters up the cupboards or gets forgotten about in boxes in cupboards, and no large everyday plates or bowls that would make us eat far too much at each serving,
Today is a No Spend Day