Sunday, February 26, 2012

Who can live without toast

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.


  1. I checked their website and they make a claim that their product is fully repairable. You might check that out in case you want to have a spare toaster. You just never know when you might need an ate slice capacity, oops, eight slice capacity.

  2. Does this toaster come on castors so you can move it around without giving oneself a hernia?

    Thanks for the link! :-)

  3. I meant to write "yourself" a hernia.

  4. OOOOhh!!
    Thank you so much!!
    I got it.
    This Tuesday is going to be my birthday, I`ll try to make it.
    Ah! Say Happy Birthday to Cate, her toaster is so nice.Enjoy it!

  5. There are certain things I cannot pay big money for: toasters, blenders and potato peelers. Of course, I use none of those items. The last time I used a toaster it was to make toast for the dog. Every Sunday the dog had hot buttered toast cut up very small. I have only had 2 or 3 cheap ones in 36 years, how long Big Daddy and I have been married. And yes I was 13 when I got married.

  6. fmcgmccllc: I thought you were only 48!

  7. I love toast but now I am on a tortilla diet and cant do without tortillas. Corn. After the first week the flour ones tasted like paper. I dont know what I am going to do when I go home to Europe. Sob.

  8. oh dear that shop... whenever i venture there holger takes my credit and atm card hostage and just leaves me with some change... i could spend a fortune there on all this useless stuff you possibl never need in a kitchen!

    ipad 3 for cate... very cool.... if you have a spare one you wanna put up for adoption think of me ;)

  9. Holy shit - you paid how much for a toaster? Does it also give you back rubs and repair broken ribs? :)

    Who am I to speak...I spent nearly $300 on a single pot.

    Many happy returns to Cate!

  10. My Dad's kettle died during our visit so I rushed out and replaced it. His very good friend recommended a shiny stainless one but I bought (and was reimbursed for) a plastic job because it's lighter. The plastic kettle full = stainless empty. And as he's 95 in April he's not too worried about keeping a toaster another 20 years!

  11. And, of course, happy belated birthday to Cate :-)

  12. Have fun polishing the toaster!

  13. esb: The book that came with it tells you how to change the elements. It does not tell you what to do if it explodes.

    Merisi: It is motorized and you can drive it to where you need it to be.

    GAVIOTA: Happy Birthday and good luck.

    fmcgmccllc; We probably overreacted but we have a toaster fetish. No I can't explain it. Did you marry Jerry Lee Lewis?

    eveningson: I have been on a corn bread diet before and it is not my favourite way to live.

    Rozalin: I know what you mean - I just love it. Will keep you in mind if they have a 2 for 1 deal with iPads.

    Smedette: See above - we have a toaster fetish. Can't help it - just have to have the best one in the shop.

    Annie: Hmmm....plastic toaster? And thanks from Cate.

    I miss Macau: It will be a regular event.

  14. I had a suspicion that what you actually bought is a golf cart with slots for toast! ;-)

  15. 私の家にはトーストがないです、何故ならばキャンプ用のアミでトーストを焼いているから!

  16. Merisi: Damn - you guessed it.

    Michiko: It is indeed a beautiful toaster and I am sorry you do not have toast in your house.