Over the years, I've often joked here about integrity or, indeed, my gleeful lack of it. My usual stance is to say that my place on the moral highground was sold off years ago to build flats with a lovely view of the moral lowground... It is though meant as a joke. While I'll happily take all accusations of smugness on the chin (or, yes, chins), in my defence I would say: a) I kind of travel the world, eat and meet famous people for a living, who wouldn't be smug? and b) actually, I turn down a lot more than I accept. I also wouldn't do anything here on the blog that I didn't believe in as, to some extent, it's "my" publication.
I was recently approached about doing a post on Magnet Kitchens. Ordinarily, I probably wouldn't but their timing was pretty damn spooky as their e mail appeared in my inbox a few minutes after discussing "should we get a new kitchen, or add a stand alone cupboard and get new doors?" with Mrs L. I read out the e mail with some amusement and the odd "I think we're being bugged" comment which is when Angela pointed out it was even more of a coincidence as our current kitchen - installed in 1994 before we'd even met - is a Magnet one. And, for the most part, it's still going strong. Sure, a couple of draw runners have had to be repaired but hell, that's hardly grounds for a compensation claim after two decades of insanely heavy use. No, our need is a combination of the cosmetic - after 20 years, the doors are looking a bit dull - and storage necessity brought about by all the kitchen gadgetry you get sent as a food writer. Ahem. As Kavey has just pointed out in her excellent post, Sous Vide machines (for example) are a lovely bit of kit but blimey they take up some space...
|The Magnet Showroom. Our kitchen doesn't look quite as neat as this one.|
|The grey stripe in the cabinets? That's the Sound Bar - and surprisingly loud it is too.|
|The Illusion Sink. Now you see it...|
|... and now you don't|
You may have noticed that there's no photo of either our kitchen or, indeed, the EU gadget mountain that needs storage. There's a reason for that. Give us a few months though and a couple more visits to Magnet and you never know.
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