Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Toy

What would be a logical purchase for someone who has recently decided to take a break from cooking? Why a ridiculously expensive, high-end kitchen appliance, of course!  I went out and bought a KitchenAid stand mixer this morning.  I've wanted one for ages.  All the television chefs have one. (Alton Brown has flames painted on his.) L at Sleeping Cougar has one. We used it on Friday to make focaccia bread.  

At Christmas we used it to make chocolate gingerbread cookies,

and honey-bun bread,

and oatcakes,

and butter tarts.  Actually, L used the mixer to make butter tarts. I decorated the cookies.  She doesn't like to decorate cookies, and I have rolling pin issues, so it worked out better that way.

Obviously it's a wildly useful item.  Every kitchen should have one.  Or at least that's what I told myself when I got home from L's on Friday and saw the mixer on sale.  It was 30% off at Canadian Tire, and I know the right people, so I got another 10% off, and I had $40 in Canadian Tire money stashed in a drawer.  Sold!  Now I just have to decide what to make first.  When I start cooking again, that is.


  1. Love the Kitchen Aid mixer.(I have the conservative white)
    I've had mine for quite a few years and love it.

  2. I didn't choose my colour Connie; it was the only colour they had. If I had my choice, I would have selected a nice, conservative red one. With flames. Still haven't used my mixer yet. We're still getting aquainted.

  3. Your new friend needs a name and perhaps eyes, nose and mouth rather than flames! That's what my Robot vacuum Helga says, anyways! Did you know that apparently some people sew clothing for their machines???? Someone told me this, so it must be true. I will stick to talking to Helga, but she needs to go naked in my livingroom.


  4. Hi Annonymouse! OK, confession time. I've been considering not only naming my new mixer, but knitting a mixer-cozy for it as well. The thought of naming was certainly inspired by Helga. I'm not sure where the knitting idea came from. Maybe I should have a Name-the-Mixer contest.

  5. Wow, she's a beaut, Laurie! I'm cracking up that you bought a KitchenAid at a store called Canadian Tire. Have you given her a test-drive yet? I'm excited for you!


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