Thursday, 29 December 2011

They just don't make them like that any more!

Maybe it's a sign of my age, but I love old things.  In many respects, I prefer my old Singer Featherweight to my modern Bernina sewing machine.  It is simpler, the stitch quality is amazing and I love it's appearance.  My modern Bernina is fine and workmanlike, but boxy and rather characterless in appearance.  Maybe, it's the female equivalent of men liking the shape of sports cars?

I have long wanted a Kenwood Chef mixer.  Back in November, I asked Mike, my other half, if he would buy me an old one for Christmas.  He responded in no uncertain terms, that he would not buy me kitchen equipment as a Christmas present...and two weeks later a large box arrived containing a vintage Chef (between 33 and 47 years old).  Mike took it to bits, serviced and cleaned it and I have had loads of fun with it since.  He was amazed at how easy it was to service (unlike so many modern appliances).  He also bought a mincer attachment, liquidiser attachment and sausagemaking attachments.  It is amazing how many attachments were made for this machine (and are still available). I guess they must have made millions of them.

I started off by making Brownies and a Dundee cake using the mixer.  They turned out really well and were eaten before I thought to take any photos!

Today, we had a go at making pork sausages using the mincer and sausage making attachments.  I have to say that they tasted better than any bought sausages I have ever eaten.  I can see us making many more!  The British love bangers and mash! 

Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas to all!

Wishing everyone a wonderful, peaceful Christmas!

The New Year will be very different for me, as I retired at the end of last week.  I will really miss teaching children and supporting other teachers and parents in their use of computers. 



Sunday, 4 December 2011

Under the weather

Sorry about the lack of updates and news - I'm not very well at the moment.