I can not get food delivery or even pick up in this part of Toronto and I do not drive so my Auntie Laima and Uncle Meinhard came to my rescue! They can still get the currently impossible-to-find baking supplies and did a shop for me. And so much more! Oh I am so grateful for them and their generosity.
My Auntie Laima recently went through her kitchen and was going to do a huge purge so I got to go through all her treasures! Uncle Meinhard brought them into the city and I went through everything on one of the coldest spring days ever from the trunk of his car.
It was a baker’s paradise and I wanted to take everything!!! But my space is limited and the wind was freezing so I had to grab my favourites as quickly as I could.
I can not wait to try my new Make It Sharp knife sharpener! I have not had a chance to get my Santoku knife sharpened since I moved back to the city so having a tool like this rocks. My knife is dangerously dull at the moment!
A breadmaker!!! Yes, I have a breadmaker again!!! Oh I wish I had not donated my favourite breadmaker cookbook now. Oh well!
My favourite thing about breadmakers is they do a great job of kneading the dough for you. I worry that using my mixer for dough making may impact its life span and now… I am all set for worry-free breadmaking!!!
Yup! That is a 10 kg bag of all purpose flour! Seriously, now I can bake without worrying about running without. What a relief.
They also brought me sugar, yeast, cocoa powder…
Buttermilk powder, skim milk powder, salt… All the essentials for baking and especially for breadmaking.
Getting Wooden Spoons Back
When I left Vancouver I did not bring any wooden spoons with me and you know how much I love them. I had too many old memories and dreams associated with them so Auntie Laima shared a plethora of hers with me!
I washed and oiled them. I know they look too shiny and greasy but the oil penetrated quickly. It is always a good idea to oil your wooden utensils after you wash them. Look at them glow!
Check It Out!
I had only ever seen ceramic knives on television before! I had to check out these Sendaist ceramic knives for myself.
They are supposed to be ultra light, sharp and easy to clean.
Cutting this apple was almost effortless!!! It really did work like a charm and I now have knives other than my Santoku in my cooking repertoire!
What started this whole odyssey was I really needed a vacuum and here it is! A Hoover WindTunnel Air Vacuum. FYI if the canister is not locked properly it will not align with the sucking part of the machine, therefore, it will not work. I do not want to admit how long it took me to figure that out!
And Onto The Next Emergency…
Nothing like having your water turned off during a pandemic! There was some kind of leak downstairs and they turned off the water so my roommates and I got every pot and container we could grab and filled it with water.
Including the giant stock pot that Auntie Laima gave me because I did not have one!
Thankfully the water was back on when we woke up but who knows for how long. Oh life during the pandemic!
I am so grateful to Auntie Laima and Uncle Meinhard for going to such extreme efforts to help keep us fed, our pantry stocked and giving me foodie tools I lost as a result of my big move across the country. Now my apartment feels even more like a home and I can get back to making food!!!
Feel free to share your foodie gratitude for food, family, delivery, having a car, living close to a store, the generosity of others… Being thankful helps us get through the darkest of times. I would love to hear your story.