Almost new…

I am pretty sure some of you are equally guilty of this – buying something and using it a couple of times and then stash it somewhere out of sight and out of mind. Like for instance, there was a time when everyone was going crazy over that special pan and singing its praises to the skies. My missus also had one though I do not know where exactly it is now – somewhere in the house, of course, but I don’t know where. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard anyone mentioning it for a while now – nobody seems to be cooking anything with it anymore.

Well, this is another of one of those things…

Sandwich toaster

…that my missus bought a long long time or maybe she did not exactly buy it – perhaps, it was one of those things that she managed to exchange for the coupons that she had accumulated from that direct sales company.

For the uninitiated, that’s a sandwich toaster. We did use it a number of times but when it comes to toast sandwiches, I think I would prefer toasting the slices of bread with our good ol’ 33-year-old toaster and making them manually. In other words, I was not all that fond of what came out of this toaster plus if I remember correctly, there was a limit as to what I could stack inside the sandwich. Other than that, there would be all that cleaning and putting away after use. Tsk! Tsk!

Anyway, my daughter wanted to make some waffles that day so we took it out as it can also be used for this particular purpose – they have the moulds for waffles included. She just prepared the batter…

Pancake batter

…that she would usually use for making pancakes and once that was done, she was ready to roll.

Now, don’t they look absolutely gorgeous?

Waffles 1

Thankfully, that thing still works fine after all this time. Melissa certainly was delighted that they turned out great

Waffles 2

She added some chocolate chips to them for added flavour and of course, I was delighted too as I got to enjoy eating them…

Waffles 3

The texture was absolutely perfect and ooooo…that rich buttery taste and fragrance, Golden Churn no less! Yum! Yum! Hehehehehehehe!!!!

Well, I do think that if you have these appliances and you keep them nicely and properly, you can always take them out for use when you need them…and they would still be as good as new.

Later, for lunch, Melissa cooked the organic wholemeal spirals that a cousin of mine sent me from Australia with Basilo pasta sauce, minced beef, thinly sliced mushrooms and a bit of spices…

Melissa' pasta 1

There was no parsley in the house and all our herbs in the garden have died – the basil, the mint…and the rosemary and dill never did grow so I just added a bit of chopped spring onion on top for added colour. Come to think of it, we can’t get parsley here – not at the market nor the supermarts in town. I guess the restaurants get their ready supply via special order – they always seem to have it and use it to garnish their dishes, more for decoration than anything else.

All I did was to toss everything together, sprinkle a bit of Parmesan on top and dive in…

Melissa's pasta 2

Oooo…that was good and of course, when it was cooked by one so dearly loved, it sure did taste a whole lot better! Wink! Wink!