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Which gadget deserves a comeback?Posted at 5:25PM, 27 September 2010 by Sarah Sysum - Assistant editor, Easy Cook magazine
With the gold-plated SodaStream set to become the must-have retro bling Christmas pressie and Seventies camel coats back in fashion, isn't it time we dusted off other kitchen classics?
Firstly let's take the hostess trolley, a formica monstrosity on wheels generally divided into three covered dishes on top and a warming drawer, all designed to keep your pre-prepared food at the correct temperature whilst you hand round the cheese and pineapple sticks. I have mixed feelings about them; they take up space, generally don't look particularly great and can turn meat to the texture of rubber if the meal is kept waiting too long. On the other hand, who hasn't wanted to prepare a buffet even a couple of hours ahead?
Moving on to the sandwich maker, manufacturers are constantly trying to reinvent this classic. Firstly we had panini makers, now 'deep stuff' versions suitable for the "thicker, gourmet sandwich". Time to bring back the original I say; nothing quite says toasted sandwich like the deep-filled semi-fried outer casing with molten lava cheese in the middle.
Yes, you can buy electric ice crushers now but do they really have the visual appeal of a fat smiling snowman?
And what about the snowman ice crusher? Proof, if needed, that I've been a gadget freak since the age of eight, I recently found in my parents loft my treasured Mr Frosty; for those uninitiated you bung your ice cubes into his head, replace his hat and start turning. The crushed ice is then delivered into the technically labelled tummy tray. Yes, you can buy electric ice crushers now but do they really have the visual appeal of a fat smiling snowman?
Of course comeback kids are possible - just look at the success of the Teasmade. When customers of a well-known department store clamoured they couldn't get it anymore, the store obliged with a new model albeit with a few modern tweaks. It sold out before Christmas.
So come on everyone, why don't we have a Facebook group campaigning for the reintroduction of a snowman-shaped ice crusher? Unless anyone has any better ideas of what we should ask for?