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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26/1/2018 09:04:59 am
Doesn't look so bad, does it? I'm sure it's efficiency will overcome your resistance.
26/1/2018 05:02:56 pm
The new stove/oven seems to be exactly the same width as the old one, which is amazing. Also it is less deep and so fits better ie. lines up with face of RHS bench. Interestingly (for me anyway) is that your bench on the LHS is less deep?
The stove is in fact slightly smaller, probably because it's more efficient in its insulation. There is an unfortunate gap but my clever brother is coming up with a way to utilise this, filling in the gap with a very useful baking tray file. The bench tops are indeed narrow, being the standard size for the day, which is why I had the central island built. The stove being a little less deep means I have more room now between the island and the open oven door. I think it's going to be OK and you're welcome to check it out next time you're here.
2/2/2018 08:45:32 pm
Chris and I are building a townhouse in our backyard and the kitchen went in this week. I'm hoping my flash new steam oven and induction cooktop will help me make up for my lack of expertise. I look forward to hearing how you go with your nine settings.
Thanks for posting Alison.I must stress that your lack of expertise will not be helped by a flash stove. What will help is practice, some strong cognitive behaviour therapy to get rid of the unattractive personal put-down and a personal improvement program with a Jamie Oliver cook-book. Try the "Five Ingredient" one and watch some Youtube videos. Do it and glow!
5/2/2018 10:37:25 am
Thanks again Cath. Of course I'm more attracted to the really beautiful red object on top of the stove so thanks for letting me know who and when it was designed. Stove looks OK too!
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