Saturday, April 16

He whisked his last. . .


1976 - 2011

in the middle of Nigella's Guinness gingerbread recipe,
his little motor failed him


Valiantly struggling through a dozen lavender muffins
before sparks flew and he shuddered to a halt,
burned out but not beaten.


Should I spend mega ££'s and buy one of these?


or just go back to the Good Old Days?


He'll be a hard act to follow with his smart little
70s white plastic bowl.

Moulinex Minor, whisked away before his time. . .


26 comments:

Menopausal musing said...

He was obviously a "love 'em and leave 'em" kind of guy............... They always make life just that "tad" more interesting........ (cough!). Have you NO decency, talking replacement this early on after bereavement? ;O))))))

Saphy said...

That's terrible, you would think that things would be built to last! We were given a kenwood chef by my mother in law that she had had for 40 years. I used it for less than 12 months before it died! I was gutted. She then bought us a new one the next time she was down. She then supervised my using (I think to work out how I had broken the last one) I am hoping that it will last me for 40 years!

Jee said...

Always sad to lose an old friend... I went for a turbo version handheld when my moulinex died -it's great and it doesn't take up surface space (though I'd buy one of those retro looking jobs if I could justify the expense!).

Gretel said...

Oh dear...but a noble ending, in the course of duty; maybe Nigella was just too much? I use a fork and spoon, but if I had the pennies, I'd be seriously tempted by that 1950s spaceship of a mixer.

sue15cat said...

35 years.....not a bad innings for a little guy!!

Go mad treat yourself to the 'big' one. I have a Kenwood that does everything (it can't quite figure out the ironing yet...but there's time!!)

If you're making all these cakes for the fairs, it's an investment isn't it?

Go for it.

Shame about the little guy though..... :-(

Sue xx

Vintage Jane said...

I'm still using my granny's mixer and a sturdy old baking tin. There's something comforting about using them - I still picture her making fairy cakes and baking bread every time I use them.

Hesta Nesta said...

So sad to hear of your loss, but a great innings, 35 years, not bad, but what a grand finale to go bang in the middle of a Nigella lawson recipe :0)) They certainly made things to last years ago. How many of these mixers we buy today will still be going in 35 years time?
Jo xx

::cupcakesandbiscuits:: said...

Sad sad news.
I confess I'm into gadgets, the handheld Dualit mixer is very good and I am in deep deep love with my Kitchenaid. I couldn't go back to a wooden spoon now I'm too spoiled!
Good luck replacing him.
Ali x

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

oh poor little chap! if you go for the flashy one you can really pretend to be Nigella, as long as you are also wearing pillarbox red lippy and a tight black pencil skirt with a tight vintage cardi and no apron!!! If you can make all of the cakes for V@theVH with out a smidge of flour on your outfit then you truly have a right to the Domestic Goddess title!

Letticeleaf said...

Not sure! After weeks of soul searching (picture the scene... "You're only buying the name!") I've finally chosen a Magimix Le Micro mini chopper. After four abortive attempts (all now gracing hopefully, via the charity shop) someone elses kitchen) at choosing the right tool for the job. I finally decided to get a make with a good name, not a celebrity endorsed gadget. In the few days I've had it I think I'm in love!

What this rambling comment says is - buy the one you really, really want. Stuff the money, along with mushrooms - life's too BLOOMING short. LLX

Sylvia said...

It's a pity, but 35 years is a long time !
I've never tried lavender muffins, sounds delicious !
Enjoy your weekend,
Sylvia

Sherri B. said...

Wow, that is one long life for a hand mixer!! May it rest in peace...I don't know if the mixer pictured is on the same level as the KitchenAid is over here but that is what I would get if it is. They "NEVER" die, are just "like a third hand in the kitchen", quoting James Beard. Then maybe you can pick a second hand mixer at a thrift shop. You won't be sorry if you get a good stand mixer like the KA. Can't wait to find out what you decide. xo

two bones and a bagle said...

I would love a KichenAid my friend has one a loves it. I have a hand held Kenwood Chef in a retro style in cream and it works really well and was only £35.00.

crafty cat corner said...

that's taken me back a bit. I had a Moulinex Minor years ago and it lasted for years.
I have a small hand one now as beating with a spoon not only takes for ever but makes my hand ache.
I would love one of the big swish one's but am waiting to find one in the car boot, (you never know!!)
Briony
x

Fading Grace said...

R.I.P Moulinex Minor, They'll never be another like you! xx

My Spotty Pony said...

Riding big boy Bruce must have built up huge biceps.....
a wooden spoon will be a breeze!!
Have a lovely weekend, Abby x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

My mum is still using her magimix mixer that she had when my sister was born and that is a long,long time.
My mixer went walkabouts - don't ask me where it went and I unfortuantely only have a wooden spoon left which means that I stopped making cakes as it is too darn hard mixing the old sugar and butter together with one of those. Treat yourself please I hate to think of you struggling with all those cakes for the fair with nothing but a wooden spoon

bad penny said...

I leave everything like that to my daughter !

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

So sad ... gone, but not forgotten xx

Terry said...

I'm still using my mother's old mixer. No idea how old it is, other than...old!

Jim said...

New here! Thanks to Terry (right above me here in comments).

I think you could look for his 'brother' and let him retire in dignity. Must be more 'out there' somewhere!

BusyLizzie said...

so sorry to hear of your loss... my last one died after 15 years hard labour & abuse! xxx (love your blog comment thanks)

Vintage Tea Time said...

Oh, poor Moulinex Minor (sounds like a public schoolboy!) - Nigella was obviously too much for him to cope with - she is a bit full on! The megabucks possible replacement looks cool!

Susan T said...

I would be seduced by those creamy curves and hint of steel. Plus you can whisk much larger mixes in a electric mixer without risking tennis elbow. No contest then.

Kim said...

When I got married my friend bought me a $6 hand mixer ~the brand was Daisy and it lasted for 30 years. I miss that little guy. After it died, I went to the old reliable...whisk and arm. I just now broke down and bought a $12 hand mixer but it has not left the box. I feel your pain

Fran said...

You see, I'm right! Kitchen implements turning against you! (Thanks for hopping over to my blog - I've enjoyed reading yours too. I'm not a crafty person but I like your funny style.)

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