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Wednesday
Jul162014

The new AGA City60 might be what you have been waiting for?!

There's a new AGA.... the AGA City60 (though to me it's the 'baby AGA'!). If you would like more info, please let me know! It's 60cm wide so it will fit in most kitchens...and this smaller size might just suit you more than the traditional size.

The new AGA City60 comes in two design styles, one sleek and contemporary (shown here in Lemon), the other traditional (shown here in Rose). Like the full-sized AGA cookers, it's made from cast iron and employs radiant heat cooking technology, meaning all the goodness and moisture is locked in during cooking or baking.

There are two ovens, offering roastingbaking and simmering functions and a hotplate, which enables you to boil and simmer.

Plus, the main oven, which can be set to either baking or roasting, can be fully programmable and can have up to three events pre-set per day. 

In the winter you can enjoy the indefinable AGA warmth in the kitchen and in the summer your AGA City60 can be on when you need it and off when you don’t.

AT A GLANCE 

  • Just 60cm wide 
  • Two ovens 
  • The top oven can be switched between baking and roasting modes 
  • The bottom oven is for simmering 
  • The hotplate can be set either to simmering or boiling 
  • When in boiling mode, the surrounding top plate can be used as an additional area for simmering 
  • When the hotplate is in simmering mode, this outer area can be used as a warming plate, for example to melt chocolate or soften butter 
  • Uniquely and usefully, the top plate is made up of two cast-iron half-moon pieces, which can be removed and put in the dishwasher 
  • The ovens will take 40 minutes to an hour to heat up and the hotplate eight to 11 minutes 

The new AGA City60 is available in 14 colours, including two gorgeous new shades, Lemon and Rose

Monday
Jul072014

Taunton farmer's market

Taunton has a really good farmer's market, one of the nicest I have been to. We visited during our week in Somerset, during an impossibly hot day. I think it was every Thursday, and I recommend you take a look if you go there! The highs for us included the cheese man, the butter man, the Japanese chef. I also liked the lady with the patisserie. I will let the photos speak for themselves:

Monday
Jul072014

A very Enid Blyton Somerset farm...

I grew up reading Enid Blyton books - mostly Famous Five - so I found myself very much at home during our recent week on a Somerset farm. It was a lazy, hazy mellow-brick-coloured week with cheeky chickens, friendly cats, milk churns and pretty flowers growing in places they maybe shouldn't. The fifteenth century farmhouse nestled under a thatch roof (we stayed in a converted wagon barn) and their thirty acres included a stream, a railway bridge (for steam trains, no less) and a hill full of sheep and views of green pastures. It could have been any decade. I wanted it to be a decade in my ownership. I loved the place. Time seemed to stand still.

 

I fell in love with this plant, only to come home and realise I had it. Different settings, different gardens; flowers seem to shine in some places, don't they... 

Wilf the cat became my best mate, happy to accompany me in the gentle art of doing nothing in particular...

 


The sheep were gorgeous... I enjoyed a walk up to see them, asking myself if their field could be any more beautiful:

I rarely want to go back to holiday destinations, feeling somehow that by returning you are breaking a spell. Memories seem shattered if handled. But with this holiday, it was a wrench to leave and we plan to return soon wondering if it could become an annual event...

Monday
Jun092014

New toy...

Look at this, bought off eBay for £25...a doughnut jammer, for ensuring a steady shot of jam gets in the doughnut and doesn't scrimp. We love it! Saves lots of time, and when you have 70 doughnuts to fill, it's the best thing since sliced bread! These are baked doughnuts - no frying in oil in our kitchen...

Monday
Jun092014

New Look AGA - did I like it?

Don't worry, AGA hasn't made its iconic cast iron range look drastically different but it has introduced the 'new look' design which is available on the 3-oven Total Control and Dual Control. (If you would like more details, let me know, particularly as I have offers available which are exclusive to me!)

I have been into AGA Lincoln - which has one on display, you can rock up too and have a nose, be my guest, Liam won't mind -  and had a good look and it's rather swish! It's the same, and instantly familiar and recognisable, yet it's a little fresher, more contemporary. I liked it. My house is quite rustic and the kitchen's purposely quite simple but if I had a modern kitchen I would prefer the look of the 'new look' design. In particular, I liked the hotplate handles and the plinth. Here's a photo and then I'll list the changes underneath:

The AGA New Look design includes:

NEW HANDRAIL

Stunningly sleek and tactile, the stainless steel New Look AGA handrail features redesigned brackets made from chrome-plated aluminium.

NEW HOTPLATE HANDLES

You now have a choice between the original chrome-plated handles or a statement-making new design made from nylon-coated steel. 

NEW BADGE

The New Look AGA badge is made from chrome-plated zinc alloy and is recognisably AGA. It looks fantastic and has a high-shine finish.

NEW DOOR PLATE

A stainless steel plate has been added to the front of the New Look AGA, which works brilliantly with the revised, stainless steel door catches. 

NEW DOOR HINGES

While the doors remain the same as those on all AGA cookers, the New Look AGA features a hinge lug spring in chrome-plated zinc alloy.

NEW BASE PLINTH

The chrome-plated plinth fascia makes a real style statement. Traditionally it was black, but this new metal finish offers a completely different take.