Today was the culmination of a long search for kitchen happiness for my Bride. A couple of years ago, she wanted to replace the peeling relics that she had cooked with for aeons. However, one doesn't just go out and buy pans though...oh no, they must possess qualities. They must have balance, a certain type of coating inside the pan as well as out. They require a cover in some cases and the cover of course must be transparent. They must be able to be washed in a dishwasher and have a handle...a handle that will not become too hot to hold without a lifting rag. Further they must be able to be used on induction stover (which we do not yet have, but ya never know). Of course when looking for a line that has all the qualities that you want you must accept that they could be expensive. I do not know about other countries, but here there are kitchen utensils and then there are kitchen utensils. There are known brands and some are quite pricey...the question then is, will the utensil give one value for the money? A while back now, the Bride came across a line that was on sale in one of the local super markets here. The brand was called "Green Pan". She was very pleased with this "super pan" and I think that the seed was planted at that time, even though she did not know it at the time. Later on she came across more pans of different sizes and the brand was, "Green Chef", which we discovered today was related to the Green Pan people. So then, the Bride had an almost complete selection of these wonderful pans when she showed me the hapjespan that we had been using for donkey's ears and there was lots of damage to the teflon-like coating inside the pan. Now, I do not know the English word for hapjespan, but it is like a deep skillet with a handle. The pan that she wanted is actually something between a hapjespan and a wok. She spent quite a while looking over the internet for a replacement. She discovered just what she was looking for and it was made by the Green Chef folks again. Great! ...Not. The pan had all the qualities boxes ticked, except it had no cover. Oh dear, what to do. She looked and looked but could not find one anywhere that had the transparent cover. Well, there was nothing for it but to just go ahead and get the Green Chef pan and hope that her old cover from the discarded pan would fit it. The bride called the local store and had a conversation with the woman working in the store. She said that there was one left and so the Bride asked her what the diameter of the pan was and it was 28cm...her cover was slightly less, so the cover would fit perfectly. These pans have an inside diameter and an outside diameter. Have you twigged where I am going with this? You see, the cover has a type of internal fitting that is smaller than the outside diameter so that condensation that gathers on the inside of the cover whilst cooking will drip and roll down the side of the cover and back into the pan instead of along the outside of the pan. Ideal. However the store was just about to close, so we would have to go tomorrow (today, now). She told the shop lady that we would come and pick it up then the following day. Today we did just that. We took the cover with us to the shop and tried it before actually buying the pan. Sometimes you have to just not give up when you want something with the qualities that you desire. The set is complete now and we are content. A side note is that we did not have to spend an arm and a leg for this quality set of pans. Is it us or do you guys have strong preferences in the kitchen?