Wednesday, June 6, 2012

never ride through Paris

At the age of 41, I realised I'd never ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in my hair. When I pointed this out to Scottish Husband he kindly bought me a Kitchenaid Food Processor (Cream).

scenic vegetables in the foreground

It became known to our household as the Miracle Machine, and joins my Kitchenaid family of the wonderful, wonderful Blender (Orange) and the wonderful, wonderful Mixer (Lavender). The latter is the one that, as I'm sure you won't recall, fell and broke the floor.

"This is upbeat stuff we're reading here," you observe, "and she's normally such a fusspot."  It's true: anyone would think that I was being paid for product endorsement, but no. I write out of simple admiration for sturdy functionality.  What is Paris in a sports car compared with the thrill of grating a whole bunch of carrots at once?

I almost wrote "bag of carrots " rather than "bunch of carrots" but corrected my slip in time; nothing must break the spell.

[Thank you to all the kind international readers who commented wondering whether they could see the Ideal Home feature on my house. It is dear of you to take an interest and alas I can't get my scanner to work.]


26 comments:

  1. I bet Isadora Duncan always regretted never owning a Kitchenaid Food Processor as well, Mise.

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  2. Hello Mise:
    The only Kitchenaid we have comes in stylish black and white, is always smiling, has beautiful looks and cooks like a dream.....she is called Timea.

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  3. Oh I have colourful appliance envy. So far I have a red kettle. Haven't managed to extend the colour to other appliances yet. But never fear, I have my little homage to Pretty Far West sitting on my kitchen table at the moment. Its a bunch of pretty fresh flowers mixed with mint and foliage from my garden. I am hoping, by the time I get home today, that the flowers have magically spread their colours all over the kitchen.....!

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  4. Dear Mise. In order to keep up with the vernacular of Blogging, the bunch of carrots should be "my homegrown, organic carrots".

    I asked for a sporty red car for my 40th. I got a shiny red Kitchenaid mixer, much more suited to Canadian winters than the car.

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    1. Oh thank you, Chania, how careless of me. The carrots are certainly theoretically organic and homegrown.

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  5. Mise, for my 30th Jason gave me a black kitchenaid mixer. My 40th is looming and if I received another kitchenaid appliance I would be thrilled! A stick blender to purée the bunch of theoretically grown organic carrots! xx

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  6. I am in love with your orange blender. The cream is very nice too, but that orange has my heart.

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  7. And now that you have your carrots covered, year 42 can include a ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in your hair.

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  8. Actually you could have both - ride through Paris with a bottle of home made carrot juice in your hand :D

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  9. I was going to refer to the line about running through the streets screaming... but bleak comments have no place here, so instead I will simply place an order on Amazon for a colourful new Kitchenaid appliance and hope that word gets back to the manufacturers about this post.

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  10. In all the times I have been to France, I have never been to Paris ..... so I propose that we go together, to enjoy the wind in our hair! If you check out today's post, you will see that I have a cunning plan to adopt you, so you would be quite safe travelling with me!!

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  11. I have a Kenwood Chef [40th birthday gift] which arrived before Kitchenaids became the trendy gadgets.

    Bt I DID ride round the Paris Peripherique on the pillion of a Huge Honda. Wearing a crash helmet. But it was still exciting

    Now planning to dance in Belfast in August

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  12. My food processor is a Magimix, the bowl is cloudy due to it being bunged in the dishwasher, it is a little workhorse but sadly far behind the Kitchen Aid one in the looks department, that is why it lives in a darkened cupboard. It probably has a bit of a complex but I am a cruel woman. Since reading blogs all my kitchen equipment has to be gleaming and stylish, a sad fact but true.

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  13. You are so easily bought! A kitchenaid. I must try it out here and see how I get on! How did you go about it ..Paris or a blender - you choose!!! Sinead x

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  14. Dear Mise,
    If you ever do get to ride through Paris in a sports car with the warm wind in your hair ( because, it is a possibility), do you have to give back the Kitchenaid Food Processor (Cream) ? XXXX

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  15. You can tell Mr Scottish Husband how romantic I think he is! (Ha!) I do hope you love your Kitchen-aid, I would however go for a piece of jewelery as well!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  16. What is warm sun, wind, Paris, and a sports car compared to speed grating, pureeing, chopping...and instantly created pie dough?? Your miraculous and creamy addition to the kitchen staff is cause for celebration...I don't know how I'd ever survive with out mine...she's been my right hand in the kitchen these past ten years (also a K.A., though mine wears a white uniform).
    And just this past weekend, her long lost best friend, the K.A. commercial size mixer, who had been boxed for the past six years, was introduced to her new kitchen...we all cried (seriously...cried)! She made two orange pound cakes without skipping a beat...hadn't lost a single talent while packed away, dear thing.

    So I wish you many hours and many years of continued culinary enjoyment with your wonderful helpers Mise...and remember, Paris isn't going anywhere, and neither are the sports car rental places that reside there...all in good time!
    xo J~

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  17. ….and if Lucy Bailey had a man to buy her a Kitchenaid, Marianne would not have had a song….

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  18. I'm not writing off the wind-in-my-hair-in-Paris thing yet, but if I do, I pray someone gives me such a nice consolatory gift as yours, dear Mise.

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  19. Mend that scanner immediately!
    And, though I am indeed envious of your Kitchenaid collection, I still wonder why you can't ride through Paris in a sports car also, multi-tasker that you are. x

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  20. I have to agree with you on form and function with the Kitchenaid. I admire you for not selling out to endorse the product Mise .. but have you seen the new Dyson Slim?

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  21. How funny - I think you must have been reading my post while I was reading yours! The cake is quite stunning and tastes sublime. I wish I could wing some south to you, but it is a delicate affair and would squish unbearably on the journey. It is so gargantuan that we must inevitably become gargantuan if we imbibe it all, so I have despatched various large portions of it this evening.
    How I would love to have seen your lavender machine. It sounds too beautiful to be real. It sounds like My Kind of Machine.
    41 is a mere snip and there is still plenty of time to take Paris by storm.

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  22. Oh Mise! You are absolutely unique!
    Still smiling here on the Pacific NW coast thinking of your antics! I missed the lavender mixer post by the way...I love Kitchen Aid myself but mine is a plain white...
    All the best,

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  23. Do carrots still come in bunches? In my over-regulated world they come in plastic bags or lie side by side perfectly straight and washed to gleaming perfection under artificial light. Do I need to seek out a farmers' market in an inner city car park and get in touch with the wind and the earth and buy carrots with green tops from growers with gnarled hands and dirt under their nails?

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  24. It is my lifelong dream to own a Kitchen Aid mixer! What a lovely collection you have!

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  25. I still use knives. How stone age of me.

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