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I've just ordered a new kitchen and booked the builder for while we're in South Africa. All paid for out of my $ earnings over the past couple of years – I turned the $ into £ a couple of months back when the rate hit 1.36, a bargain as a large proportion of them were earned at about 2.00!

We've ordered these units – direct from the manufacturer, Crosby Kitchens, where my dad worked back in the 1970s (that job being the reason we moved to Sheffield) and where his best mate still works, so we got a pretty good deal...

We've run a little mad on the oven, but I'm rather excited about it. I've just ordered one of these Rangemaster beauties from John Lewis... love the right-hand oven which is tall and thin and has four shelves, including a plate-warming rack!

Pretty much all of the rest of the electrical stuff is remaining – it's almost all less than two years old as the decade-plus old stuff has been conking out. And finally I'll get the tumble dryer out of the spare bedroom where it currently resides.

It's unlikely to be completely finished by the time we get back from Cape Town, but the worst of the building work – plastering, floor tiles etc etc – should be done.


Date: 2009-03-24 11:26 am (UTC)
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*Oven lust*

Is that a wok burner on the right of the hob?

Date: 2009-03-24 11:28 am (UTC)
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Ohhh yes. It certainly is. There's also a cast-iron griddle which sits on the left-hand burners. It really is a thing of beauty. A bit more expensive than I'd been planning, but I fell in lust. As did T.

(It's a dual fuel Rangemaster Toledo 90 if you want to lust properly........)

Date: 2009-03-24 11:36 am (UTC)
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Chunky! That griddle would do a great breakfast.

The matching cooker hood was definitely designed for MEN.

Date: 2009-03-24 11:39 am (UTC)
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Did you find the right cooker hood? - the Toledo one like this

And yes, there might just be one of those on order too...

Date: 2009-03-24 11:39 am (UTC)
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That's the one. Designed for MEN! Who COOK! With FLAME!

Date: 2009-03-24 11:42 am (UTC)
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My beloved's flame cookery is banished to the garden!!! And I def don't want him burning my lovely new kitchen down...

Your comment about cooking breakfast on the griddle is now making me feel hungry. Mmmm. Sausages............ but I shall resist!

Date: 2009-03-24 11:44 am (UTC)
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Also, prawns a la plancha.

Date: 2009-03-24 11:50 am (UTC)
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Ooooooh, stoppppppppit!!

Date: 2009-03-24 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Ah, now there's a memory of childhood - my mother's oven (a Cannon Capri - strange the things you remember - and curiously the same oven that was in the caff in Corrie where Gail and Alma worked many many moons ago) had a griddle and she used to make drop scones on it.

I don't think maple syrup had been 'invented' then, though!

Date: 2009-03-24 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, lovely!

Date: 2009-03-24 11:40 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Getting very excited about it now - have been planning it for a couple of months but now things are booked and ordered it's beginning to feel real :-)

Incidentally, one of the contestants on the Popmaster quiz on Ken Bruce on R2 this morning was a rat-owning Sheffielder - made me think of you!

Date: 2009-03-24 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that looks seriously exciting. I'm looking at getting my kitchen done in the next few months as well, so I'll have to remember the name "Crosby Kitchens".

Date: 2009-03-24 12:38 pm (UTC)
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They're very good quality units, made in Sheffield, and we did get an astonishingly good deal on them thanks to the family connection! They have a website - - but they haven't updated it with the latest additions to the range (including the one we're having).

You're welcome to come and admire mine once it's finished :-)

My dad's been kept busy with the kitchen ordering recently - one of my brothers has just had his kitchen done, and my stepsister who lives in Switzerland is having one done too - her hubby is driving over from Zürich in a van in a couple of weeks to collect the units and take them back!

Date: 2009-03-24 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh, wow. I am having kitchen envy. And how nice to have the worst of the building stuff taken care of while you're out of country, no less...

Date: 2009-03-24 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes. Will be very exciting to see how much is done when we get back - fingers crossed it's most of it!

Date: 2009-03-25 12:19 am (UTC)
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That is almost enough to convert me from electricity to gas cooking. (Fear of fire in the house. Can't do anything about it; won't do anything about it, either.)

Two separate ovens... I am agog. And even less gruntled with my dishwasher curbside "upgrade".

Date: 2009-03-25 07:51 am (UTC)
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It's both gas and electric – gas hob, electric ovens and grill, best of both worlds!

I really am a very lucky girl...

Date: 2009-03-25 02:17 am (UTC)
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So! Jealous! =]

Date: 2009-03-25 07:49 am (UTC)


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