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5 posts from April 2009

20 April 2009

The world's coolest cookbook?

Image and link to Len Deighton's The Action Cookbook

This does look promising.

19 April 2009

Kenwood vs Kitchenaid

Amazon have currently got on what seems to be a great deal:On a selected range of Kenwood appliances there is 30% or more off. 

The Kenwood Chef Premier KMC560 Kitchen Machine (Silver) is currently on offer for £195, compared to the list price of £320.  True, in these tough economic times, no meshuganeh is going to sell at list price.  But even John "Never knowingly undersold" Lewis is selling it for £239, making the Amazon deal seem even more like good sense.

Although I'm not entirely thrilled at the prospect at laying out this sort of money, we have a real need for one and have been talking about buying one for the last five years.

But am I missing something? And in particular, should I be lusting over the Kitchenaid?  The cheapest one I can find is considerably more expensive at £340 and the motor is only 300W compared to the Kenwood's 1000W - a crucial factor it seems to me when it comes to mixing and kneading.

But as I say, am I missing something in the battle of the mixers?  Your thoughts and input are gratefully received, as ever.  I'd like to ensure that if I buy the Kenwood it is worth it and this deal isn't a false economy.  You know what they say about fools and their money.

17 April 2009

A little something for a dank Friday

This video has nothing to do with food, it's just that I love it. It reminds me of Bekonscot, writ-large and with sunnier weather. A particular antidote to today's rubbish Spring weather.

I really wish I could download Megan Washington's Clementine without having to sign up to MySpace.  Which as those crazy MySpace kids might say, isn't going to happen this side of ever.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

14 April 2009

The new design

Things have been a bit quiet on the posting front because I've been playing around with sorting out a new design.

I've tried to improve it as I wasn't entirely happy with things.  I felt it needed it cleaning up and from the feedback, some of you clearly agreed.

There are a few tweaks that are yet to be made, but hopefully it shouldn't affect you, the reader, to any extent.  My apologies in advance however, if it does.  If you spot any broken links or something playing up, please leave a comment below.

Finally, a big thanks to Michael Sippey of Typepad who has been a massive help in this process.  I got a bit grisly with Typepad - and still think it's a bit bonkers losing the ability to convert to advanced templates, but that's another issue - and Michael and his team responded brilliantly.  Great customer service from Typepad.  Thank you.

06 April 2009

Your views on Innocent selling minority stake to Coke

I'm a bit ambivalent about today's news about Innocent selling a minority stake to Coca-Cola. 

I personally don't think that Coke are the root of all evil (ditto McDonalds), but they do have a bit of a reputation issue, especially when contrasted with a company that has always screamed about its ethical principles.  Which is why I find Innocent's contorting a bit hard to buy.  Can this really just be for expansion purposes?  I suppose it is possible the legitimate answer is yes: these are hard times and not a lot of companies will be flashing the cash for international expansion. 

Then again, it's only a few months since the firm said they were looking to side-step the downturn by developing new products.  Perhaps a more likely explanation for today's events is that those products didn't work out and taking Coke's shilling is more attractive than other options.

Anyway, enough of me.  I'm interested to know what you think: