My bread machine committed suicide

These days, with the advent of the colder weather, I am rather missing my bread machine. I like to make soup in the winter months and freshly baked bread is the perfect accompaniment – especially if I can delegate all of the kneading to someone or something else.  I had bought the bread machine 15-20 years ago and it had a rather archaic design compared to today’s sleek modern ones.  We affectionately called it R2-D2 because if you picture the little robot without his feet, you will have an accurate image of it.  Instead of wheels, it had four little knob feet with a little rubber attachment on each to help it stay in one place while the kneading rocked it .  Over the course of the years, one rubber piece had become detached and caused it to be unbalanced when running.  I usually just put something large and flat, like my kitchen pad of  paper, underneath to stabilize it.  I was always in the general vicinity  of the kitchen so I could keep an eye on it, just in case it started to move.

A few days after my horse died Last November, I decided I wanted to make some turkey vegetable soup.  It had been cool for a few days and I wanted to make the first loaf of bread for the fall season too. I dragged R2-D2 up from the cold room where I kept it when not in steady use and then put the soup on and threw the bread mix into the machine to rise. Then I went outside to start the sad task of going through all of Lady’s things to determine what to clean and keep and what to toss.  I was at the outside spigot underneath the kitchen window filling a bucket of water, when I heard the bread machine go into the second kneading cycle and thought  “How nice – the machine is on the second mix.  We can eat in a few hours”.  I went back to sorting my tack for a while without another thought about it.

As I was finishing up and heading back into the house, my husband came out to tell me about the kitchen disaster.  The bread machine had jumped off of the counter, unplugging itself from the outlet, and crashed itself onto the tile floor.  Little bits of broken off plastic were everywhere as the machine lay sadly on its side a couple of feet from the cabinets.  Somehow, the dough had managed to stay inside so there was no sticky mess to clean up, but my wonderful bread machine was totally destroyed.  There would be no fresh bread to go with the soup that night and none until I replaced it.

A few hours later, while busy with another task, it occurred to me that we hadn’t looked under the rag rug where the bread machine landed to see if any of the tiles had been broken by the swan dive.  After a brief moment of panic and my heart in my throat, I saw that the tile survived the impact.  The damage was limited to the machine and our supper.  On a final good note, my mother has exactly the same machine which she no longer uses.  While I haven’t gotten it yet, she is going to give it to me soon and I will be able to make bread and soup once a again.

Wild turkeys in the yard last week

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sonya Johnson
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 12:05:58

    How nice that you can get an exact replacement for the bread machine from your mom! Have you ever tried doing bread without a machine? It might seem time-consuming and/or intimidating at first, but it’s really easy, which is what I discovered 5 years ago when I started baking yeast breads.

    Either way, there’s just nothing like freshly baked bread for dinner :)!

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  2. ruthsartwork
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 14:13:53

    Many years ago I used to knead the bread, but I always had trouble with the raising. One of the things I like about the bread machine is that it handles that. My mother got hers first and she passed it around to us kids to test it out so I bought the same one.

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  3. Cindy D.
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 14:29:42

    My goodness it was tense in the middle there, but it seems you got a happy ending! The few folks I knew who had bread machines back in the (90s?) used them a lot, and then much less, and then not at all. I almost bought one a few times but was pretty sure I would do the same. It’s neat to hear someone uses theirs with some regularity. Fresh bread is one of life’s wonders, certainly.

    Funny enough I thought about bread machines recently because everyone seems to be talking about those machines you can get to make your own soda. And I thought, ah ha, it’s today’s bread machine. Because I figured people would use them as long as they were a novelty and then put them away to gather dust. 🙂

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  4. ruthsartwork
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 14:41:58

    I still seriously use my bread machine, Cindy. And I did get it in the 90’s. It is definitely tied to the soup making but we both like the fresh bread. I have several books that have create your own bread recipes but that fell by the wayside. I get the mixes from the store and voila’ – bread with 15 seconds work. My kind of cooking! I do spend time on the soups though. Does that make up for it?

    As for the soda machines – sounds like work cleaning them up. Not my style even if we drank pop. I keep telling my husband that if he ever got an expresso machine or the like HE would have to clean it. I think that keeps it at bay because he knows I mean it.

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  5. Sarah
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 06:10:46

    So sorry for your “loss”…but happy that replacing it was easy!

    Soup and freshly made bread – absolutely one of the greatest combinations and comforts in life! Just the smell alone….heavenly!

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  6. ruthsartwork
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 08:38:29

    Yes, Sarah, it is great. I don’t have the replacement yet but my mother has put it into their car so the next time she comes by I will get it.

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