On Thursday last week, when it was snowing heavily and we couldn't get out of the village, Gavin went online and bought a new bread machine.
We are both more than capable of making bread, and in fact we used our last bread machine to destruction (smoke emitting from the element), but things have changed since then because Gavin now has Coeliac Disease and his bread needs to be gluten free. Despite my best efforts, all I have managed to make are rocks of various shapes and sizes. Gluten free rocks, but rocks, nonetheless.
To our amazement the new contraption arrived at 09:00 on Saturday morning, despite the snow.
It's a Panasonic SD-ZX2522KXC – the name rolls off the tongue, don't you think?
The important thing about this particular model is that it has three gluten free modes. There is one for pasta dough, one for bread and one for CAKE. I don't know if you have ever ventured into the Second Mortgage section at the supermarket, but it's the one paradoxically signposted Free From.
We dug out the GF flour, and I nipped across the road to my hen-keeping neighbours and traded some fresh wholemeal and rye rolls for half a dozen eggs.
In two days, Gavin made Banana Cake, Sultana Cake, and cheese bread.
The machine is a huge success already. It will, of course, also make regular bread, and we will wash every scrap of flour off it between the GF and Wholemeal programmes to avoid cross-contamination.
We are not sure our waistlines are going to thank us for all the cake, but it's certainly tasty.