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Old 01-07-2009, 08:56 AM
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Now that is one heck of a mixer!!!!

The whole thing is coming together nicely!!! There are now two links I won't let my wife see here - your kitchen and Frances' twirly bits! (I'm sure she'd want both!)

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Old 01-26-2009, 04:39 AM
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Almost finished,
well numerous little touches yet to be done but all the big numbers (with the exception of the tiled floor in 12-18 months time) are complete, even the painting.
Still need to get the kick rail timber and stain or paint to suit, a few zip ties on the overhead electrical cables, stock the cupboards and we are raring to go. Arrange the left cupboard for all the oven tools, hang the tea towel rack, and mount/plumb the gas heater (but seeing as it was 39˚C today, this is not a priority).
We have a show for between 80 and 100 guests in mid March which will be a good test.
I need to change the globes in the lights over the table/chairs as they are quite yellow when compared to those over the sink and benches.
I used the mixer for the first time today, only small batches but did a good job. I need to make bigger mixes but only when the breads are up to standard (the other halves preference).

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Old 01-26-2009, 07:32 AM
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It looks really wonderful. Are you waiting on the tile floor for that long for a particular reason? Like the floor needs to cure or something?

It would be lovely to have such a nice space outdoors in which to work! I was looking for the mixer and didn't see it at first- but then I was not looking for something that tall! I didn't realize the scale of the thing! I'm glad it works well on smaller batches. I think that's harder for many mixers than a large batch.

I hope you can get bread to "your other half's preference" soon! My other half eats the crusty hearth bread I make for dinner, but prefers a softer bread for sandwiches. So I make him two loaves a week for his sandwich pleasure, and then make crusty breads for mine! This is why I love the baker's percentage- I can scale down the number and size of the loaves so I'm not buried in bread...
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Hi Elizabeth,
No the floor is something that can wait for a multitude of reasons.
I need to extend the roof over the oven for extra protection from the prevailing weather, turning the area behind the oven into a small fernery, put some construction glass along the retaining wall, re-establish the surrounding gardens and redo the irrigation system.
I have just built an automatic 4.2 metre sliding gate for my daughter and need to install it, complete my grand daughters raised cubby house, slippery dip and large sand pit, Paint the outside of the house for my inlaws 60th wedding anniversary which is being held home in mid March, build an extra room for my daughter who just miscarried but needs the extra room and my other daughter is looking at major house extensions to their home.
So 2009 looks exceptionally busy for me and the floor can just wait. I also need to find something that I really like, buy the tiles and install them whenever.
As far as the bread is concerned, I prefer the softer crusts over the chewey ones, so I need to try out some other recipes to meet these needs.
I found a great bread book (it cost me a mere $1 at a recycle place), in as new condition, published by Readers Digest in the UK in 1998 and is great with a host of goodies which I need to try some of their recipes.

Cheers

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What a great party space!
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Merciful heavens what a "to do" list! It does give you plenty of time to find a really great tile, though. There are so many nice ones out there it can be hard to choose!

Have you tried brushing your crusts with butter or oil after you take them out of the oven? It does soften them up. I haven't tried it on the hearth style bread, though, as I like the chewy stuff!
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Elizabeth,
I know the style and pattern that I want, in soft neutral colours and with the darker tiles in terracotta. I want a 'widish' border tile with (I think they call it) a tessilated border with plainer tiles set on the diagonal in the centre.
It is a fairly large area 3.8metres x 14 metres long so it will take me some time as I need to put in a new base and this time I will slope it away from the house into my inground drainage system rather than trying to keep it perfectly flat as mu other half argued for some 30 years ago. Bad news!! I now always do what I believe is the correct way to go, much less lasting hassles!
We have many tile shops/warehouses here in Adelaide but all bar 6 are owned by one very greedy company and the others ride on their inflated prices.
I will just keep my eyes and ears open for that right deal.
Softer crusts - No I haven't tried that trick but I will bear it in mind next bake!
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When is the Kitchen warming party Neill?
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Jim,

Any time you want to come and stay a while. There's always a spare bed and car for getting out and about.
It would be great to share the resource with others of similar interests and i am always prepared to learn.
You might find it a bit different from your climate at present.
An Adelaide newsreader was over in Washington for Obama's inauguration last week at -14˚F only to return here this week to 43.2˚C today it is forecast to over 40 all week, so you would need to bring your swimming trunks.

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Neil, I was wondering where you disappeared to, looked up your thread and realized I completely missed your last pics of your kitchen, which looks absolutely wonderful!
I hope that terrifying 'to-do' list hasn't completely done you in and can't help wondering how that huge mid-March party turned out (or did I miss a post about that too)?
Hope all is good.

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