A lovely old oven

my beautiful FAR oven
my lovely old girl

I shouldn’t go any further before introducing you to this beautiful lady.  She is one of the pride and joys of our kitchen and has withstood many a gas bottle change-over (the door on the left conceals the blue butane gas bottle, hooked up by a rubber hose to the elements, which we change over at the hardware store on average every three months).  This ‘cuisinière’/ stove has had her bottles changed since the 1950’s!

We found her sitting all shiny and alone in an Emmaüs (charity shop) many years ago and apart from the crack in her bottom drawer’s handle, has aged so gracefully and remained a very loyal friend in the kitchen.  I love her!

Her name is FAR and I spotted Catherine Deneuve cooking at a single version in an old French film once and got very excited.  And then I came home with this cookbook folder from a ‘vide-grenier’/garage sale the other day, and guess who features on the cover…

the butcher's cookbook folder
The ‘Service Book of the Butcher – 7/7 a recipe!’

I’m not letting her go anywhere!