Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Meet Yellow Pepper

the new king

My newest love is a kitchenaid.

It's in yellow pepper, a colour that won my heart the first time I saw it but that I had a hard time tracking down. This yellow (and many gorgeous colours) were discontinued a couple of years ago to make way for the platinum range.  Platinum smatlin, I didn't care too much for all those metallics.

Anyway, this yellow beauty appeared on e-bay two weeks ago.  It was two years old, barely used (so the ad said, at least), and only two suburbs away.  I was feeling a little like it was high time I bought one, I bake so much and even occasionally cater a party. (Shameless plug for my own services there, references available on request!)  Plus I'd held onto some birthday money for over six months. I swore my name was written all this little baby. 

I was willing then-and-there to spent the five hundred to "buy it now."

In my husband and I's relationship we run the big purchases by one another, as I am sure most people do, not asking for permission just sanity. Usually one of us is more sensible and rational, the other is a little excited.

We take turns.  Sometimes he's the crazy one, like the time he didn't even hesitate when I called him from Ikea saying 'You know that leather couch we love, the one we all sat on, the soft comfy one with chaise where we could cuddle up on, can I buy it now?" Not even a pause before the "yes," bless him.

Than time I got off the phone, looking around Ikea wildly, thinking "He just said I could spend a ridiculous amount of money, just like that."  Looking around like people could see the insanity oozing out of me.  I went with his and my irrationality and I am glad, because we still love that couch, and no we never have time to cuddle up on it.

Well, this time Aaron was the sensible one.  He pointed out that the auction had three days left on it, and that there wasn't even one bid.  He said I should wait and see what happens.

It was a long three days.  I watched it, agonising the whole time. On the Saturday of its closing, I was still saying "we should get it." I was afraid someone else was going to get  their hands on all of it's beautiful yellowness.  Time was winding up, no one was bidding,  I said Aaron "Lets get it, I have the $500!" Again with the voice of reason "Let's offer her $350."  Never telling me no, just being reasonable.

She said no to $350, but eight minutes later she listed it at "buy now $400" an, Aaron immediately said  "buy it now." I wasn't understanding all these mixed messages - did he want me to have it or not?  All this shamozel, is this how e-bay works is this what you're meant to do?

"Hit the button then, hit it!" I shouted.   I was panicked someone else would get my Kitchenaid!

I think there was dancing in my kitchen when he hit the button.

He was right, he'd gotten me a bargain I saved $100, that's a lot to us.  I was (in the end) pleased he'd taken control.  Even though he was frustrating the hell out of me!

A few days later and it's a pleasure every time I see it on my bench. It's even more a pleasure when I use it!  Watch this space, a baking onslaught approaches.


  1. Congratulations on the purchase can't wait to see what you're going to cook up with it, one thing I can say, thank God for eBay :)) (sis)

  2. congratulations..they are the best..

    i bought a kitchenaid as a present to myself recently when i had to sell the family home of 22 years and move into a smaller unrenovated house in another's been one of the best purchases of my life..quite early on after buying it i realised that i wanted a second mixing bowl so i bought that too and it's made things even more wonderful..

  3. Great is beautiful! Cant wait to see some of the baking :)

  4. Oh yay! What a great story, it was meant to be yours and at such a great price, well done! I agree about the platinum, everything is in silvery colours... I would choose a colour too (and will one day!) :)

  5. You sure do have a beauty there:) They are so nice to use aren't they! And even better when they are a good buy too. Enjoy your new toy, I look forward to seeing what you've creating:)

  6. Sigh, I have a boring ol' white one. Not nearly as pretty as yours, but dang, that thing is a work horse. I think I've had mine for 10+ years. I know you'll enjoy it!

  7. Congrats - thats value for money! You can make your own nougat in that bugger without batting an eyelid... Samantha

  8. Wahoo! I love hearing a good win on Ebay. I have been soooo in love with these and wanting one for ages but felt guilty about the $$$. Cheerful colour in the kitchen I say.

  9. The bread baking workshops you asked about are in Trentham at

    1. Thanks Alison, being a bakers child I'd love to visit it thanks xx

  10. Well done! You'll get so much use out of Yellow Pepper. Never regretted investing in my Rosie for a second, the old workhorse!

    Love how it matches your heading!

  11. YEAH!!!! I love the story that goes into how you acquired her. I have a yellow kitchenaid too! I think it may be a paler yellow though. I've had it for years and still love it. Got mine from ebay too. :)