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! 


  1. Oooh, ooh, I have one of those! I inherited it from my mum when she got a shiny new one, and it has the original glass bowl and everything (which is the one bit I believe you can't get now) Enjoy your new toy!

  2. Those Sausages look amazing. Some old appliances are so much stronger than the new ones.
    Happy New Year to you and all those you love.

  3. How marvelous!!! Enjoy! I'm so glad you had a lovely Christmas. I hope your New Year is just as wonderful!


  4. Wow, what a beautiful machine. I love everything made from this time period, the vintage "modern" look of it all with the straight lines, very cool gift. What a thoughtful man.

  5. Great work making those sausages they look wonderful, what a thoughful man you have...enjoy your new toy.

  6. Looks like a great machine Sue! Love it!