My husband cannot understand why we would buy an oven that costs as much as a recent model small car and it has taken me twelve months of gentle persuasion to convince him that we really do need an AGA. When we did our kitchen up five years ago I decided that I wanted a big efficient modern oven, and a little one on the side rather than an AGA, the cost of which did seem a huge extra expense at the time.
The epiphany came to me about this time last year, when filling in time before a dinner in Melbourne I passed the AGA shop, where a cooking demonstration was underway within. Having cooked on many ancient AGAs in England and Scotland years ago, I was impressed at how much more efficient they were now and less likely to lose heat. And heat was the thing that won me over. It will be a pleasure indeed to have one room of the house that is always warm, and rather nice to have one less fire to set and light in the darkened hours of a winter morning.
They come in a dizzying array of colours:
but eventually I decided on this colour:
which is pewter and not unlike the stainless steel of the current oven. Which I might add, I have managed to sell (thanks Di). What do you think would be good in my mostly cream country kitchen?
I have to wait for 12 weeks for it to arrive from the UK and there may be a little joinery required, probably more than I'd hoped, and I may get yelled at, but he'll love it in the end. Can't wait to chuck out the microwave, toaster and slow cooker and learn how to cook with this remarkable stove.