Argos and the Fryer.
Hello my lovelies, as you know D.H and I run a cafe, although I have to say that from time to time, it feels like it’s running us. I wanted to distance ‘Annie on the Rocks’ from the cafe, but I can’t, it’s in my blood, so there you are. We have a ‘love it or loath it’ relationship with the cafe, and I must say over the last month it has been the latter. It has seemed that everything I touched broke. First the small oven needed attention; fortunately we have two ovens in the cafe kitchen, so one going down isn’t a big deal, but nevertheless costly and inconvenient to put right. (One Christmas both cafe ovens went down, I had to use the flat oven to cook the turkeys for Christmas specials, I was up and down the flat steps ‘like billio,’ another loath it moment.) Then two, yes two, microwaves decided that they were going to take early retirement. I packed D.H off to the local supermarket to pick one up as a stop gap.
“What kind do you want?” he asked.
“Big and powerful, nothing fancy,” was my reply.
He came back with small and useless. “Why didn’t you go with him?” you may well be asking yourself, but for the sake of peace let’s not go there!
Then blow me if the deep fat fryer didn’t give up the ghost. So with the microwave fiasco fresh in my mind, it became clear that I would either have to go to the shops and buy one, or get one online.
Now, I’m not really one for buying online, I don’t know if it’s my age, but sending my card details out into the www. fills me with dread. So Argos seemed to be the perfect choice; I could order and reserve it online, then D.H could pick it up and pay for it after work. Sounds simple, and it was. The plus side for me was that I didn’t have to give my card details online, and I could pack D.H off to Argos knowing that he would come back with something that was fit for purpose. (Don’t mention the microwave!)
The Russell Hobbs fryer actually does what is says on the box, I’m very impressed. The lid is removable for easy cleaning, the down side to that is that the fixings look a little flimsy but only time will tell how they hold out. Again on the plus side it has a removable pan, making cleaning easy. It’s fitted with an integral timer and although it isn’t something we would use in the cafe, I could see it being very useful in a domestic setting. Having said that, the poor thing will be working twice as hard as any fryer in a domestic kitchen. One real let down though, is that the lead is so short and I mean short, it’s less then 60cm. At just short of £50.00 it is well worth the money, all in all, a good buy.
Now to the Argos experience: First it was easy to order and reserve but, on the down side I have received an e-mail from them every day since, trying to sell me this and that. If there has been a down side, then this is it and if you are reading this Mr Argos, can I just say that being bombarded with emails doesn’t endear me to use your shop; in fact it has the opposite effect!