Saturday, 21 April 2012

Argos and Breville are not in my good books today.

Today has not been a good day and we're only half way through it.

I woke up with extreme back pain and took ages to get downstairs. Ant put a pillow behind my back for me and helped me get comfortable then went and made coffee. I took painkillers and tried to relax for a while.

We were expecting a Tesco delivery between 10-11am and it arrived just after 10. I must say I do like Tesco texting me to tell me the hour my delivery is due :) Anyway, back to the point, Ant unloaded the groceries and I went in to put them away. Movement is good bad backs so I knew if I was careful it would help ease the pain.

Meanwhile, Ant had started to make bread and was using our new Breville SHM2 twin hand and stand mixer. It's the first time we've used it since we finished the kitchen and he wanted to try out the bread hooks.
He used to make bread all the time but found the kneading hard work so he was quite excited when I bought the new mixer.

When he first switched it on, there was a smell coming from it and I asked Ant if it was just because it was new. I'd smelt the same kind of smell from the blender we bought from Sainsbury's a few weeks back and that was still working fine so I wasn't worried. It wasn't a burning smell, it's hard to explain but I figured it would eventually go away.
I carried on putting groceries away and Ant was busy with his dough and a computer he's fixing.

The smell got stronger and turned into a burning smell. As I turned and asked Ant what the smell was, he cried out and dropped to the floor. He'd touched the dough to check if it was still sticky and he'd gotten an electric shock through the dough. The electric tripped, thankfully, because if it hadn't, Ant could have been more seriously injured.

I was nearly crying because all I could think was that the shock was going to trigger a heart attack. Ant assured me he was ok and I got myself under control.

I've emailed Very.co.uk who are collecting the mixer next week and I've emailed Breville but I suppose I'll have to wait till after the weekend to get a reply from them.

All this came on top of an already bad mood that I was in which started when I tried to put the potatoes away in the vegetable basket on my new Argos kitchen trolley.
They kept falling out of the sides because unlike the picture on the Argos site,

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the baskets that came with my trolley don't have the wire round the sides. It's fine for large things like cabbage and cauliflower but carrots and potatoes won't stay in the basket.

I've had to use other baskets on the shelves to put the potatoes in and left the carrots in the bag but ripped the top open so the moisture could be let out.


I had a bit of a rant to Ant about it which led to us discussing other things that were wrong with the trolley.
The knife block doesn't fit knives in properly because the top of the trolley overhangs it.
Here's the picture on the Argos website - minimal overhang...
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and here's mine

The knives don't fit properly in the slots nearest the overhang

 and to top it off, the handle came undone when I tried to wheel the trolley out of the way.

Also, the castors don't turn very well and tend to drag along the floor when you try to wheel it round the kitchen, leaving black scuff  marks on our new lino. To say I'm unhappy with this trolley is an understatement and I'm seriously considering dismantling it and returning it to Argos.

I loved it when I first got it last week but that was before I tried using it!

So all in all, the day hasn't been the best and I'm feeling a bit emotionally drained if I'm honest.

*For an update on the Breville mixer, click here.

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