2021 · Anglican · Blogging · Church of England · Clergy Wife · England · Freezer · Goodhousekeeping · Rural · Vicarage · Winter

Faulty Fridge Freezer

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When we came back from holiday, it wasn’t just the 10 days worth of newspaper that greeted us but a faulty fridge/freezer too!

Unusually, the first thing I did when I got home was to open the freezer. One look and I knew something was wrong; some things in the freezer look thawed. The Mhinisteir said to give it a couple of hours before making a decision. Alas, the fridge wasn’t doing any better either. Like most things in the Vicarage, this fridge freezer was given to us. We have never had a fridge freezer before just an under counter fridge and a separate under counter freezer; I prefer the latter.

We had to act quickly. We found a fridge freezer on AO.com that suited our budget. I was a little hesistant to use them as I mistakenly thought that they were a hire purchase company. The earliest that they could deliver was the following week! However, if we paid an extra £30, they could deliver it two days later and that is what we did.

It is amazing how one broken fridge freezer can take up so much of one’s time and ruin one’s week as all my plans for the week went out of the window. It is only today that I have recovered my equilibrium.

I am very thankful that the fridge freezer arrived as promised. It is a wee bit smaller than our previous one but I am just grateful to have a functioning one again. It actually looks very similar to the one in the photo. Sadly, we had to throw away all the food in the freezer but just as well that I had used up most of the items before we went away on holiday.

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Sunday Morning Treat | Croissants

On Sundays, the Mhinisteir has 2 warm croissants for breakfast instead of his usual soft boiled eggs and porridge.

Until a few weeks ago, his croissants came from Marks and Spencer via Ocado. All I had to do was to warm them up in the oven.

Unfortunately, the M&S croissants are often out of stock and so I have had to find an alternative; that is when I found Picard Frozen Croissants. At Ocado, it costs £3.99 for 8 frozen croissants. You put them in a hot oven at 180c for 18 minutes and voila! you have soft and buttery croissants to enjoy. The Mhinisteir tells me that these croissants taste much better than the M&S croissants. I can’t eat them due to my food intolerance.

As the weather gets colder, you might want to keep a bag in your freezer for that occasional treat.

ps: I am not paid to promote these croissants.

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My Secret Cake Stash

I try to have a secret cake stash tucked away in our freezer.

Whenever I bake a cake, once it has cooled,  I cut two small pieces of the cake, put them in a foil and stash them away in the freezer.

On a day like yesterday, when I felt like a cake with my cup of tea but didn’t have any freshly baked cake, I raid the freezer.  I never label my cakes because one is ever so grateful to get their hands into ANY cake (Tried and Tested Method😬) !

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Second Freezer

In Scotland, We always had two freezers.  You NEED a large freezer If you live in rural/remote areas, you can’t nip to the shops as and when you please since they are miles away.   Furthermore since we can’t get takeaways, it is always good to have some ready meals in the freezer when we don’t feel like cooking.

We have been meaning to buy a second freezer for ages but never got round to it.   Ours is a fridge freezer that was given to us.  The freezer is fairly small so we are desperately needing more freezer space.   The good news is that we are finally on the hunt for a freezer.  The bad news is that at the moment, John Lewis are only able to leave the freezer (if we bought one from them) at the doorstep which is no use at all.  Who is going to carry it into the house??? We really hope we will be able to not only buy a second freezer but get it delivered to the utility room where it will live!!!!!