Me? Excited by kitchen appliances? Well, I have to admit – yes!
A fortnight ago I said I had ordered a new hob and oven. They arrived and Richard, who originally installed my kitchen, has just finished putting them in place.
I have to report instant satisfaction. Whereas the old gas hob was incapable of simmering slowly (something to do with the gas supply), my new induction hob gently heated a pan of girolles, no problem. I thought I would be irritating by the controls, which ae hiding in the black surface (a white would have cost me more than 100 euros more), but once you touch the start button all is lit up and very intuitive.
Even more satisfying is the oven. In contrast to my old Smeg, which was a nightmare of unnecessary electronic complexity, this Samsung number basically has two satisfying physical knobs, one to turn it on and rotate to select the function, the other to rotate to select the temperature. I exaggerate a bit, there is a tiny bit of touching the screen (to select the temperature function or changing the clock, for example), but it is pretty idiot-proof.
Today I grilled lamb chops (something I have not been able to do easily for years). Better still, you can choose to just grill on one side, if grilling for one. And the oven can be divided into two, either simply not heating the bottom half, or using it for some complex baking at two different temperatures (not my league).
My family and friends who have struggled with cooking here will be delighted to read all this. And once I have finished some forthcoming travels, I intend to justify the expense by improving my cooking skills.
I’m not promising to pull my weight by sharing more of the cooking when you are here – not just yet.