I know most of you are probably so glad it's Friday and the end of the working week. I'm not because Monday will see me returning to work with all the rest of the schleps and the lovely little imaginary world I have fashioned for myself over the last almost 7 weeks will crumble into the mundane of balancing work and home life. (And I'm confessing that I didn't get half the things on my list done that I thought I would and I'm not really sure where the time went)
My favourite thing this week is a vintage item that I have long coveted. I only managed to lay my hands on one this week and I finally feel my life is complete. If you were born prior to the 1970's you may recognise it. If you were born after 1980 , it's highly unlikely you've ever seen one. Patty had one when we were growing up and it brings back lots of childhood meal memories. My Mum made the best chops and mash in the universe and this was part of her secret.
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you my new /old vertical grill. This is my absolute favourite thing this week.
I have no idea why they stopped making them because they are seriously fantastic. They cook both sides of your meat at once and all the fats and oils fall into the drip tray at the bottom. So you cook things twice as fast and get rid of some fats and what's not to love about that? And everything that comes out of it has a lovely smoky flavour.
When I moved out of home in 1989 I went searching for one to buy but they had stopped making them by then. I had to settle for a health grill (a flat grill ) which was never the same. (Miss P inherited it when she moved out last time around) Over the years I have intermittently checked to see if they have started making them again and checked them out on ebay They sell for anywhere between 30 and 80 dollars second hand and because I'm a minge I refuse to pay that for a second hand appliance that might blow up 5 minutes after I get it home because it's 30 years old.
Cue angel music last Saturday when a very kind lady offered one on Freecycle. How fast do you think I emailed her to say I'd be delighted to take it off her hands? And have we used it already - oh yes we have and it's every bit as fantastic as I remembered from my childhood.
If you haven't ever heard of Freecycle it's a world wide program dedicated to re-gifting items to keep them out of landfill. It's a great way to get rid of things you no longer use but that are too good to chuck and it provides an alternative to donating them to charity. I have given away and received lots of fabulous things. People's generosity is pretty amazing. Check it out.
Feel free to link away and show off your favourite things for this week.