ciao, cucina

IMG_0443 Headed for the junk pile is our old Caloric. We’ve had this Caloric range since we moved to Thailand in 1989. I roasted 19 turkeys in that oven–the first year we spent Christmas in Australia so I didn’t do a turkey. Over the years, the oven thermostat broke and the electronic ignition for the burners gave up. But the oven kept on going until two weeks ago when my pound cake failed to bake.


It’s very hard to replace an American gas stove in Thailand so we went with an Italian brand called Tecnogas. It’s just as wide but not as tall or as deep as the Caloric, so the kitchen actually seems bigger. An added bonus is I can finally get into the cupboard to the left of the stove, so now I have more storage space!

introducing Moby

My handheld Black and Decker mixer that I bought for $15.00 Canadian two years ago finally expired. The whipping beaters took a whipping and won’t whip no more. I decided to go to the top-of-the-line and bought this huge white Kitchenaid stand mixer. It is awesome. It is monstrous. It squats stolidly  in a corner of my kitchen table because it doesn’t fit in any of my cupboards. I think it would break the cupboard. Actually, I’m intimidated. It looks so professional and I’m just an amateur baker! It’s going to take some getting used to because it doesn’t handle like the little Black and Decker. I thought I should give it a name; when I name something it makes it less fearsome and just a bit friendlier. That’s why I’ve called it…Moby, the Great White Mixer.