At the weekend I broke the Kenwood Chef.
I didn’t blow up the motor or anything crucial like that, just managed to destroy a couple of essential plastic bits.
This is yet another of my mother’s antiquated but functioning appliances. I am beginning to think these ancient appliances are in far better nick than I am.
Some time ago, I fished it out of its large plastic box where it had sat in storage for some time and decided to use it. The two plastic rings had perished.
As everyone knows, Kenwood Chefs have a plastic ring thing in the bottom, and one in the lid. If you forget to put the one in the bottom – your soup or whatever sprays all over the kitchen.
I rushed down to The Red House in Main Street (note to anyone interested – now closed). Yes, they had a ring for the bottom. No, they had never heard of a ring for the top. I looked at them perplexed. They clearly didn’t believe me.
Anyway, the bottom ring was the essential one, so duly bought, I fitted it in, and whizzed up whatever it was, holding tightly onto the lid. Note – although impossible to manage without bottom ring, the top one is not critical.
We’d bought some spares a few years ago in the UK, so on the next trip back to the finca, I brought back the top seal. I considered taking it into The Red House to prove a point, but it seemed like too much effort.
Yesterday I was whizzing up celery soup, all seals in place of course. Zzzzzzzzzzz went the blender. And didn’t blend.
I turned it up as you do when things aren’t working. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ, it went in an even more angry tone. I turned it off.
I took the blender off the top of the base. I had broken the plastic connector on the bottom of the blender and the plastic connector on the top of the base.
‘Those two screws on the base were loose ages ago,’ said Partner, rather unhelpfully, in my opinion.
Had either of us screwed them up? Of course not.
Result – one broken Chef. Now to source the bits and find out the damage.
If anyone is interested – I blended the soup using the batidora (don’t know what it is called in English).