Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My New KitchenAid

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
This morning, just before I was going out the door to go to work, a FedEx truck drove up and handed me a large box. Actually, he didn't hand it to me, he brought it in and put it on the floor. It said "KitchenAid Professional 600 Series, Nickel Pearl." My dream machine in my dream color.

It seems that Rose Levy Beranbaum and the friendly KitchenAid people were worried about my old mixer (the one that was left in Blaine and may have been kidnapped for all I know because I still haven't heard a word about it) and about the dwindling amount of time left for my project and the slightly hysterical tone that seems to have crept into my writing when I talk about said dwindling time. So they decided that it would be a very good thing if I had a brand new KitchenAid that would purr like a kitten when I was turning out my remaining five breads. And who am I to disagree with my highly distinguished, generous and thoughtful Bread Mentor and kindly Mr. KitchenAid.
When I got home from work, I took everything out of the box and admired its sturdiness and its techno-charm.

My friend Karen called to remind me that it's Wednesday--yoga night--but I demurred. "I want to sit home and gaze lovingly at my new KitchenAid, and I need to read the instruction manual so I'm all ready to bake," I told her.

Finally she bribed me by promising to pick me up and to turn on the heated leather seats in her car and to buy me a glass of wine when we're done with yoga. I succumbed to her blandishments.
The really irritating thing is that I have to leave town on Friday for the annual 3-day Public Defenders' Conference, and, unless I can sneak away early, I'm not going to be able to bake any bread this weekend. It's so annoying how people think they can tell you how to spend your day just because they pay you a salary.

12 comments:

Paddyscake said...

I just had to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! Since I've found your site I check in regularly, so I don't miss any of your repartee !
I am also an addict of weekly artisan baking..
Congratulations on your wonderful new mixer! Your efforts have won a just reward!!!
I have to admit..I don't think I could brave some of the recipes you have tackled! If..you conquer the croissant..I too will take the challenge!...with trepidation : )

evil cake lady said...

oooh...shiny new kitchenaid...so pretty!

yiuma said...

Woh! congratulation . Do tell us how it perform.

Anonymous said...

Wheeee! Shiney!!!!!
You know, I was just filled with joy and excitement and love for my fellow(hu)man reading your post, and then I got to the end part. You know, where you say "...I'm not going to be able to bake any bread this weekend." Then, as I am apt to do, I thought "well now, how does this effect me?" No bread pictures on Monday! Potentially no blog at all on Monday! This job of yours is really starting to interfere with the enjoyment of my free time! Could you maybe pack the ingredients (remember the salt!) and lug your new beautiful apprentice with you? (I think she should be called Rosie as an homage to both your benefactor and inspiration, and Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons)
I may be forced to bake myself! Actually I have started my own sourdough culture (following RLB's detailed feeding and watering outline) and I am getting drooly thinking of the bread, but it sure won't be ready by Monday!
Have a great trip, congrats on the shiney toy (it's beautiful) and hurry back!
Chris in RI

Doughadear said...

Who says nice gifts come in small packages! I am so thrilled for you! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Well, I thought RLB was great before, but now I think she a saint! What a lovely gesture! Congrats on your machine.

Your blog has kept me going this year. I will miss you when you are finished.

kneadtobake said...

Hooray to you, you are so deserving of that beautiful new kitchenaid, I had a feeling Rose would do something special for you.
I also understand how hard it is to have a new toy and not be able to play with it right away.
Now you have something to look forward to after your three day conference....more bread baking on your shiny new kitchenaid.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, nice to get a new mixer from people. Enjoy.

Rokzane said...

Hello!

Nothing like Shiny New Baking Toys to get one all giddy. You're last three breads look lovely, and I second the opinion that they are awesome. I love that fig bread. I like to make this bread during the holidays and serve it with a cheese and fruit board at parties.

For your next blogging project, have you thought about working your way through Peter Rheinhart's The Bread Baking Apprentice? Amazing book that teaches you lots of techniques. He is especially thorough at teaching hand kneading techniques for high hydration artisan breads.

Lien said...

Congratulations! What a terrific surprise!!!

pinknest said...

gorgeous gorgeous! a fine machine.

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