But being over 80 years old comes with a certain number of ailments. She has difficulties with her joints, her plumbing and her wiring. Her laugh-lines, however, are delightful and full of character that can only be gained from 80 years of loving inhabitants.
When it comes to repairing the old girl, we are in for a marathon and not a sprint I'm afraid. Unless we win lotto (of which I've never bought a ticket), make a bucket load of cash from my blog (ha ha ha), or our puppies dig up hidden treasure in our backyard (unlikely - finding treasure that is, not the digging).
The point of this story is to talk about my oven. It is crap! Or it was crap.
Allow me to set the scene. Before we bought the old girl we were living in a brand new, 3 bedroom townhouse with a gas stove and electric oven. Tough life!
|The gas stove and electric oven in our rental property|
|The non-working oven and stove top|
FINALLY my beloved and I agreed to buy an interim oven. In about five years time we are going to renovate the end of the house that the kitchen is in, but I couldn't last that long with the crap oven. So we welcomed:
|My beloved installing the new oven|
Now for the first time in a very long time I would like to share with you a scrummy cake recipe, that is also gluten free, and one that I could cook in my very own oven. Enjoy!
Chocolate & hazelnut torta
by Delicious magazine, May 2012 edition
*SRKitchen note - this recipe can easily be halved or turned into two cakes. Because it is so rich you only small slices are needed, unless you have a real sweet tooth.
|Chocolate & hazelnut torta|
400g hazelnuts, roasted
400g good-quality dark chocolate
400g unsalted butter, at room temperature
300g caster sugar
Good-quality cocoa powder, to dust (optional)
*I also added in a half-cup sour cherries to break up the sweetness of this cake.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease a 25cm spring-form cake pan with butter.
|Roasted, then peeled hazelnuts|
hazelnuts. Makes the job quicker and you get to natter while you do it).
|coarsely ground hazelnuts|
|Gently melting chocolate|
|Beaten butter and sugar|
|Melted chocolate added to the butter and sugar|
|Crack your eggs in a separate dish, just in case|
you get a bad one.
|Torta mixture all ready to go in cake pan|
Turn off the oven, open the door and leave cake to rest in the oven for a further 30 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dust with cocoa powder, slice in wedges and serve with fresh berries (or mascarpone, as I did).
|My beautifully clean oven inside|