Tuesday, October 16, 2007

adventures in domestic design

Down boy! What's this bread up to? (And no, I won't aplogize, all you politically-correct-in-the-kitchen, for using the evil bread maker. Since I'm too lazy to bake it the right way, it's this or store bought, and store bought doesn't wake you up in the morning with that indescribable aroma. Besides, it was a present.)

And speaking of evil, isn't this the wickedest knife ever? We found it at IKEA and it turned out to be the perfect solution for dealing with the tall, weirdly-shaped loaves that come out of the appliance-that-shall-not-be named ... and adolescent boys.

You think this is just another portable barbeque, right? Think again! A couple of weekends ago we were at a fund-raising pub night for our junior Australian football league and there was this barbeque up for silent auction. We'd never heard of the Woodflame Grill before but had lived without a barbeque for two years, ever since our last hand-me-down packed it in. $65 later and we took this $300 beauty home. It's fueled by a two-inch hardwood cube. In two minutes the grill reaches 1200 °F / 62,000 btu's. The food tastes better than gas or charcoal BBQs and best of all, it's clean burning.

You can't cook with them, but when they've just been bathed they get to lounge on the beds looking all clean and inviting, and maybe you'll get a concert when dinner's over.


Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I love breadmakers and, to my distress, mine broke down last week. I was heartbroken. Politically incorrect or not, I figure we've saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars over the years using that old machine.

16/10/07 11:10 a.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I still bake the "real" way.I have a "straight" bread knife. Our barbecue is still in the basement, awaiting a bottle of LPG.I cannot play a trombone.
I am a pathetic, unfinished person.
Please give generously.

16/10/07 2:08 p.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

That bread is like something Richard Dreyfus would have baked in Close Encounters...

16/10/07 2:19 p.m.  
Blogger zooms said...

Funny, I'm cooking some too.
So, you play the trombone?

16/10/07 4:16 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

I use my bread machine all the time.
You know i don't think they make them anymore. I have not seen one in the stores for a long time.

16/10/07 6:22 p.m.  
Blogger kj said...

i love my bread maker! sunday mornings there is nothing like that aroma, followed by melting butter on a still hot slice of bread maker bread. let's never apologize again. i won't if you won't.

this is a fun post. gadgets and widgets and a slice of your life!


17/10/07 8:34 a.m.  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

That Woodflame Grill is awesome! I need one! We're not allowed to have charcoal burning BBQ's on our balconey, and the little propane ones simply scare me.

I followed a bunch of links from your link, and it looks like it's only available in Canada! How can this be?!

17/10/07 8:50 a.m.  
Blogger HMBT said...

Great post! I have and still use my bread machine...to hell with "pc-ness"!
I just sold my vintage slide trombone when we made the move...broke my heart. I didn't play it, I just like collecting really cool instruments and old cameras. Love the knife...wicked cool.

17/10/07 8:53 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Ian: Considering the kind of store-bought bread I prefer, you have an excellent point.

Dinah: Pathetic and unfinished or Godesslike and pure. Where's the church of Dinahmow located anyway? :)

Nadine: In a similar vein it is almost like the ET of bread, isn't it?

Zooms: I admit it freely: I am the only one in this house who *doesn't* play trombone. Except the dog.

Toni: I've seen them but I'm pretty sure there are way more stored, unused, in peoples' garages than on store shelves now.

KJ: I love it: Unapologetics Anonymous. And I hope the slice of my life is more attractive than a slice of that bread! :)

Angela: You'll love it. Google Woodflame USA and you'll find retail outlets. I think they're $250 in the states.

HMBT: I am so with you: vintage instruments and cameras are works of art and I wish I had a few!

17/10/07 9:06 a.m.  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I second Dinahs post - couldn't say it better if I tried!

The bread does resemble Devil's Tower in Wyoming...

17/10/07 9:33 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Cynthia: What? Not another maven of Goddesslike purity. Turn left at Japan to find the Holy Temple of Dinahmow. You can't ask for directions, though, but must rely on your uncanny instinct for all that is good to guide you. :)

17/10/07 9:59 a.m.  
Blogger Merisi said...

I don't own a breadmaker because nobody thought of giving one to me. :-) Seriously, I wouldn't know where to put it in my kitchen, were every appliance needs a reservation years before sneaking onto my precious counterspace. Love that knife! Say about Ikea what you want, but they do have great stuff. That barbeque appliance sounds like a must-have!

I am getting in want-to-buy mode over here. How come?

17/10/07 1:38 p.m.  
Blogger Alda said...

Heheh. I have that very same knife. That's one thing they *did* have at IKEA.

17/10/07 2:47 p.m.  
Blogger Denise said...

Hehe, at least it was rising - my last loaf came out compact and, umm, solid. Since I'm worse at handmade bread, long live the breadmaker I say ;).

And that grill looks wicked good.

18/10/07 1:43 a.m.  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Yep, Devil's Tower.

I see that the grill will even use wood from the yard. That is pretty cool.

18/10/07 2:04 p.m.  
Blogger nadine said...

You're featured on Etsy's opening "Art"page today :-)

18/10/07 4:23 p.m.  
Blogger Tori said...

I am a pretty respectable trombone player myself.

My breadmaker has been sorely ignored since I can never get the damn bread out of the maker.
I need that knife.

18/10/07 5:25 p.m.  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

My breadmaker is also languishing in my cupboard - mostly because I have despaired of recipes that I want to eat out of it. Want to share a couple that you really enjoy? (may have to get wicked-cool knife as well to resurrect the whole bread-maker thing. Check.)

18/10/07 9:05 p.m.  
Blogger Rrramone said...

I love that knife!

19/10/07 11:59 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Merisi: I'm so lucky to have a big kitchen and I agree about IKEA: it's pretty trendy amongst the pretentious to trash IKEA, but I love the place.

Alda: Maybe we're just not shopping for the right stuff!

Denise: Just call it unleavened bread... :)

Jan: My husband has been "collecting wood" from the yard for years -- and we have a gas fireplace! Now he finally has a use for it!

Nadine: And I missed it! :(

Tori: Concert please? You could videotape it and post it on your blog!

Tara: I have two great recipes. The boys' favourite is apple cinnamon oat and I also like to make a nice whole wheat loaf. Email me if interested.

Rrramone: Fitting it neatly in the drawer is soemthing of a challenge...

20/10/07 9:18 a.m.  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

That loaf may look like something out of an old National Geographic but it probably tasted delicious.

That dyslexic lefthanded reverse inverted sawknife is the scariest thing that you could have in a kitchen!

The barbeque is nothing less than a marvel of engineering...I can't believe that it heats up even hotter and faster than my uranium pellet fueled 'Hotsky' that I ordered on Ebay from some guy in Chernobyl.

Like Dinahmow, I also suffer from Trombonesis and cannot play
..which is tragic, because I have Dizzy Gillespiesque cheeks and lots of hot air.

20/10/07 10:21 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

HE: Any follow-up to that comment would pale in comparison so I think I'll just grin stupidly. :)

21/10/07 8:39 a.m.  
Blogger daisies said...

i love my breadmaker :) i let it do all the work and then i pull out the dough and bake it in the oven, the best of both worlds, lol ...

22/10/07 12:29 p.m.  

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