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Which European nation do you think, has the best cookers?

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by modelmaker, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I don't pretend to be extensively travelled throughout Europe. A fair time in France, a number of Spanish trips and occasional visits to Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, plus 4 Greek holidays.
    Accepting that the cooking provision in self-catering accomodation isn't going to be the best you will possibly get, and unrepresentative of what the indiginous population would aspire to, I have in moments of boredom whilst my wife checks out the clothes and trinkets she can buy overseas spent time looking at cooking utensils etc.
    I have probably gained a lop-sided vision, but it seems to me, from what I've seen, our continental cousins have much to learn on what constitutes a decent cooker. In our current house is a particularly useless German hob and oven. I can't imagine what was in the mind of the designers, or for that, in whoever bought and fitted it. It's a constant juggling act to get the pans to stay on the hobs and stop the hob bits from skidding around. For the oven, there is a switch with about 10 settings. Nobody has so far been able to discover what the various icons refer to, just the one that looks like a fan and gets the oven hot.
    It breaks my heart that in our garage there is an excellent, British, solid, gas and electric range cooker I shalln't be able to use until we either move of tear out this fitted kitchen.
     
  2. modelmaker

    modelmaker Occasional commenter

    I don't pretend to be extensively travelled throughout Europe. A fair time in France, a number of Spanish trips and occasional visits to Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, plus 4 Greek holidays.
    Accepting that the cooking provision in self-catering accomodation isn't going to be the best you will possibly get, and unrepresentative of what the indiginous population would aspire to, I have in moments of boredom whilst my wife checks out the clothes and trinkets she can buy overseas spent time looking at cooking utensils etc.
    I have probably gained a lop-sided vision, but it seems to me, from what I've seen, our continental cousins have much to learn on what constitutes a decent cooker. In our current house is a particularly useless German hob and oven. I can't imagine what was in the mind of the designers, or for that, in whoever bought and fitted it. It's a constant juggling act to get the pans to stay on the hobs and stop the hob bits from skidding around. For the oven, there is a switch with about 10 settings. Nobody has so far been able to discover what the various icons refer to, just the one that looks like a fan and gets the oven hot.
    It breaks my heart that in our garage there is an excellent, British, solid, gas and electric range cooker I shalln't be able to use until we either move of tear out this fitted kitchen.
     
  3. Can't relate your experience with the German cooker - I would never buy anything else! Nothing skids around! Totally easy to use.
    I find British cookers odd - my step-dad has to explain it to me every single time. Knobs here, knobs there, strange symbols, two things you have to switch on instead of one...totally confusing.
    I don't think you can make a competition out of it - each country will have its quirks and norms. Although I have managed in every country in Europe without thinking, whereas in the UK, I have to think, think, think.

     
  4. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I use an Aga....................just brilliant! It's part of the family [​IMG]
     
  5. lapinrose

    lapinrose Lead commenter

    They may be easy to use but I hated having the grill in the oven, one was so bad that it took 5 hours to cook jacket potatoes. I hated them and was pleased to leave Germany and come home.
    I now have a Hotpoint double oven and a Baumatic gas, 5 burner hob.
     
  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I do also have a double electric oven (hardly used, use Aga almost exclusively) and an induction hob.....which is fantastic. Took a bit of getting used to but wouldn't go back to anything else now.
     
  7. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    Dunno about which is the best, but in last house we had a Neff gas hob and double oven, and in this one everything is Bosch. All have been excellent. So, the Germans have our vote, it seems.
     

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