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Cuisinart Toaster: Kitchen essential
Why the Cuisinart CPT-435 Countdown 4-Slice Toaster is perfect for us
Himself and I have been known to argue about ('discuss', sorry) lots of strange and wonderful subjects and one of them was toast. This is because until recently, we made toast using the broiler and if it was fine for me, it wasn't for him. Let me explain.
The toast battle
I like toast that is golden, slightly crunchy on the outside and still beautifully soft inside. Himself likes it burnt. That's not what he calls it of course - he would say 'well done'.
So no divorce, thanks to the Cuisinart Toaster
Because this appliance has two separate compartments which have their own settings, we can make toast to our own needs. Or, because the slots are wide, I can have toast and he can have crumpets or bagels or anything else he has it in his mind to toast.
During our toaster research (which was extensive, I can assure you) we looked at probably every available appliance on the planet (well, on Amazon, anyway) and this was the winner for several reasons. (See the video below). Something that was important to us, as designers, was that it would look good in our kitchen and this model is beautifully styled.
This appliance is also available in a two-slice version which could be useful for a single person household. That would be no good at all for us - who can eat just one slice?
It's not just for breakfast
When I first came to the States, I was rather surprised to find that toast is seen primarily as a breakfast food. We eat toast every day so our toaster is always on the countertop - which is one reason why we needed a stylish model. Are 'things on toast' a British thing? Let me know in the comments section below. These dishes are splendid for lunch or even dinner and are inexpensive, filling and delicious. What sort of toppings?
- Probably the best of the best - baked beans
- Scrambled or poached eggs - delicious
- Sardines - in tomato sauce
- Cheese - almost any kind
- Creamed mushrooms - oh, so delicious
- Tomatoes - the fresher, the better
- Welsh Rarebit
Then there are the delicious spreads
- Cadbury's Chocolate Spread
- Pate and meat spreads
- Mashed banana
- Lemon curd
- Marmite (Himself says - I hate it!)
Or simply with lots of lovely butter.
Eat like British Royalty
One of the nicest and quickest 'on toast' snacks is marmalade. Choose the best.
By appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, this is without doubt the finest in the world. I rather imagine that breakfast with William and Kate regularly features this treat. If ever they invite me over,I'll let you know :) The chances are that Royal Babies have cut their teeth whilst chomping on toast soldiers with this fine preserve.
Another fine product that is enjoyed by the British Royal Family. This is perfect on toast.
Some of our favourite things - on toastClick thumbnail to view full-size
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