Do you remember my excitement when i fixed the stove by myself here. Well, turns out no amount of my "fixin" was going to save the old Westinghouse that has served us well for 20 years. Whenever i opened the cupboard underneath i got a nose full of gas. I will admit that i did have something connected backwards at one point and when i was cooking one day there was a big "Whoop" and the stove literally lifted off the bench. It happened so fast i wasn't sure what happened but had the sense to tell hubby. No biggie, he showed me what i had done wrong, it was fixed and we went on. But the gas leak continued and the ancient ignition wiring meant that more often than not i had to use a lighter to get it started. Not a good combination so me thinks its time for a new stove top.
I ummed and arghed about this metal finish. Seems to me its a lot harder to keep clean but i am mindful that we do need to keep our appliances up to date and that our kitchen is looking decidedly out dated. After seeing Emma's kitchen in my last post (here) i have kitchen envy. Rob loves the metal finish and so that is why the new fridge is also the same. It really just takes a wipe with a clean microcloth and water. It does look shiny, doesn't it, and the new hobs come with a wok holder which I've never had before. Rob was telling me how quick it is to cook in a wok and i told him he should feel free to use it any time he wants. I opted for one the same size so it was an easy fit. I never use all 4 hobs at once so why opt for a massive 6 hob or more? Trouble is that when you put in new and shiny appliances you have visions of it staying that way. These are working machines. Scratches happen. I'm going to try hard to keep it clean but i don't believe it will look like this in 20 years. I do love how i can now simmer without it blowing out.
Since i can't stretch a whole post on installing a stove, here is a garden update (cause you know that's really exciting). Like everyone else we are having a glut of most things at the moment. We cannot eat enough tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce. The neighbours and friends are doing well. Rob has this glazed look when i present him with yet another side salad.
Pickings this morning.
It was at this point that Rob told me he doesn't like those squash things. Doh! Since he reads this blog I wont tell him what they are going to go in. He will never know! He's been glowing this week about a pickle i made last year made of "Zucchini"! Ha Ha
|Tromboncino - they are escaping out of the beds and making their way up and down the paths. Its become an obstacle course avoiding these and the pumpkin vines.|
|Huge leaves sheltering the fruit from the sun.|
|I love these little toms. They are so sweet.|
|This week i made some pickled cucumbers and Spanish onion. I cant wait for them to mature so that i can marry them with a crumbly vintage cheese.|
Mother nature knows best! Doesn't she just! When I'm pruning my tomatoes of excess leaves to allow air and sunlight to penetrate, I'm often undecided about which ones to take off. Just wait for a really hot day and Mother Nature will kill of everything not needed and protect the vine and fruit.
|This is what i was faced with after a hot day of high 30's.|
|Clean up all the dead leaves and all that is left is strong vines and healthy fruit.|
|I want to pick this beauty but Jess tells me i must wait till the vine whithers.|
|The sweetest crunchiest baby cos lettuce.|
Here is someone you haven't seen for a while. She really is beautiful.
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