I hadn’t bought a birthday present for Cate – we never do it on the day as we like to wait for something that we want specially.
But as luck would have it - yesterday our fabulous Dualit toaster finally popped its clogs – after more than 20 years of faithful service. Until yesterday it had never missed a beat but I started making toast and then black smoke billowed forth and the power went out.
So it was not just an element but something terminal.
I told Cate I would get her na extra birthday present and we went and scoured Vienna for a Dualit – finding one in Cuisinarum in Singerstrasse – which I think is the best kitchen shop in Vienna.
I had forgotten how expensive they were – I think our dead toaster cost us $100 more than 20 years ago – and of course we had to have the four slot model because who wants to wait for toast to cook two slices at a time. I mean – life is too short for that.
So it was a toss up between the toaster and a holiday in Barbados – but who can live without toast.
We are very pleased with it. It is silver and will dazzle everyone when I shine it.
I have promised Cate a real birthday present and she is eagerly awaiting the iPad 3.
And here is Merisi’s recipe for Apfelstrudel.