I have used a mini-stove since 1998. It is now 2012. Is that 14 years?
Timol after moving in soon “suggested” that a large conventional type stove would better suit her cooking style and needs.
Now, to avoid missing out on her next mutton curry, steamed fish, chutney chops, creamy beans curry, Marsala breakfast toast, bread and butter pudding, chicken curry… I thought it best to rush out immediately and invest in a brand new stove.
This was a frightening experience so I initially opted to only go one size up; to a large mini-stove.
However, the shopping experience got the better of me and I was soon eyeing out a sturdy black Defy 621.
As usual, I spent a lot of time trying to save a few Pounds, Dollars, Rands, Bucks.
Not to be!
Makro refused to budge on price and Game offered to beat any written quotation (by a measly ZAR 10).
I was not impressed at all. I mean, let’s face it – I was buying my first BIG stove and parting with my hard-earned money.
Luckily I then remembered Dave Ray in Sydney Road, Umbilo.
Before going to the store, I spoke to Kessie (031-2062038/9) about getting a “good deal”.
Kessie beat Game and Makro’s prices with ease!
Very smooth – no catch.
Unfortunately, when I arrived at the store I did not ask for Kessie and got sweet-talked by another salesman.
He gave me a good deal but I know Kessie would have done better.
The payment and loading at Dave Ray was quick, and it was not before long that the new stove was at home in the kitchen.
If I had purchased the stove from Game, then I would have had to pay at the store and drive a further 40 kilometres to the warehouse to collect. No thanks.
Now what to cook as the “first meal”…?
I opted for a lovely skinless chicken from Siraj Butchery in Stanley Copley Road. They are becoming really competitive on price and quality.
Some fresh garden herbs, olive oil, white wine, black pepper, lemon juice and whatever else tickled my fancy were gathered together.
Liquidized and then rubbed into the inside and outside of the chicken. Marinaded for about 6 hours.
Into the Defy oven.
Roasted to perfection.
Served with plain pasta (coated with light herbs, olive oil, pepper and salt).
- If you need to buy appliances or lounge suites give Kessie a telephone call at Dave Ray. He will surely beat some of the major retailers in Durban on price and delivery
- Don’t cook the chicken too long and use tin foil to avoid it drying out