Thanks to all who’ve commented on this blog and also told Raymond and me in person that they’re enjoying reading about our Queensborough Manse project. I suspect a lot of you are interested mainly in the renovation project, so I thought I’d use that as today’s topic.
Not that any renovating is actually going on, you understand. We’ve got some serious ripping out to do before the fun stuff starts. But we’ve got measurements and floor plans, and we’re planning and dreaming. You need to dream about the fun stuff in order to get through the messy and un-fun stuff. And on the kitchen-stove front, I have a dream.
Let me back up a bit. A few years ago, a family member (my mother? my sister? I don’t remember now) gave me a totally perfect gift. It’s a sleek thin rectangular polished-steel block, possibly meant to be a paperweight (who ever actually needs a paperweight, anyway?), on the top of which are engraved some immortal words from the immortal Oscar Wilde. (At least they’re supposed to be from Oscar Wilde. They sound like him.) They say: “I have simple tastes. I am satisfied with the best.”
Words to live by. (Which is why I saved up for a decade for a set of All-Clad cookware, and made do with crap pots and pans in the interim: nothing else would do.)
So speaking of the best: Aga stoves, mmmmmmm. Made in England. Cast iron; weigh a ton. (Cost a ton too.) Come in an amazing array of colours. (Aubergine, anyone? Pistachio? British racing green?)
Magic, in other words. And beautiful to boot. The one at the top, found by Raymond the Researcher, is probably the one for us: an electric (unfortunately Queensborough doesn’t have natural gas) range, with six (6!) burners. Then again, the company has just started making an electric version of its famous “cooker” – that’s the one in the photo at right. Get this (from Aga bumf): “The entire cooker is an outstandingly efficient energy store, steadily transferring the heat from its core into its ovens and hotplates. An Aga is always ready to cook instantly and there are no switches and dials because the Aga looks after itself. Thermostatic control maintains consistent temperatures while high levels of insulation within the outer casing and beneath the Hotplate covers ensure that every Aga uses fuel economically. The Aga releases a unique source of gentle, friendly warmth into your kitchen.” I am drooling.
Could the Manse be the place where I can finally have an Aga? Thoughts?