Well, this was my old faithful, used daily ever since we bought our house. Visitors were aghast that not only was it an "old relic", it didn't have a fan-forced oven and wasn't even gas! "Surely you'll be upgrading," they said. The hot plates did take a while to heat up and cool down, but no matter. It screamed a late fifties stream-lined modernity that said we were facing the future confidently and the future was bright. Nothing could go wrong. It was sturdy and easy to clean.
I took a perverse pleasure, I guess, in showing that you can cook on a candle. You simply need a love of good ingredients and the desire to share with others.
Enter the new stove. Yes, we did live, during five scorching summer days, with nothing other than
the electric egg cooker. (Eggs mayonnaise, of course.) I realise now I could have used the microwave (but I pretend it doesn't exist) and the Thermomix, which is another story.
It has disappointed many friends that it is indeed a very simple stove, no bells and whistles. Not sure what they thought I needed. I reiterate, fancy equipment can be lovely but it's not what makes you a cook or an entertainer. It is often just more "stuff".
I haven't done a lot with it yet. I like it very much and I'm sure this will develop into a lasting love affair. I have boiled water to cook beans, made a curry and cooked rice. I seem mainly to make sure no finger marks tarnish its brushed stainless steel and I keep the ceramic top pristine. There's some special cream I can buy, apparently. The oven it spotlessly superb and can cook on nine different setting. Why? I am yet to find out. Friands and cakes happening soon.
Check out what Ina Garten, American Food Network chef recently purchased for her apartment.
The Lacanche Stove
If only I'd been more ambitious in life.
The casserole (1960, Finland) is an original by Timo Sarpaneva - he of of the wavy vases and icy glassware. It's enamel with its original wooden handle. The design was awarded a silver medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960. It has recently been reissued by Liitala of Finland.
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