Okay, so I'm exaggerating a little for the picture (but not a lot).While my "official" anniversary gift was the sea vegetables, my "unofficial" extremely generous gift was this beautiful Empire Red Kitchenaid standmixer, henceforth referred to as "The Precious."
A couple of years ago in The Hague, I snagged a nearly-new magimix food processor for 100 Euro. Proud of my good deal, I casually called it "The Precious" for a month or two, though my baker's heart longed for the Kitchenaid. I never had one, you see. I really really wanted one, but I didn't receive one for a wedding gift and that's the obvious time for such a big purchase. I've been known to whinge about my lack of Kitchenaid over the years, never actually making the purchase because of the hefty pricetag and the fact that we change voltage rates by moving internationally with abnormal frequency. Instead, I accepted my dinky hand mixer (it really is) and did my best. Nothing will deter me from baking! But oh, The Precious and I...we will make such a team!
Hubby asked what I could do with The Precious that I hadn't been able to do without it, and for a second or two, I was at a bit of a loss. In truth, I have come across so many recipes that seemed beyond my reach that I just dismissed them and never looked back. The joy now is there needs be no dismissal! And just when I didn't think I could be more excited about The Precious, this morning the postman delivered my Amazon shipment of books containing Peter Reinhart's artisan breads every day, a cookbook I have wanted for almost a year (and haven't been able to find Down Under). Guess what you see pictured within its pages, assisting in preparation of loaf after gorgeous loaf? THE PRECIOUS (well, The Precious's seafoam green relative). It's going to be a carb-loaded winter, my friends!