I thought it time to add a little from far flung posts of Argus. If anyone noted my comment to Margaret's post some days ago then I'm sure they must be itching to know how to burn toast and fry an egg which is sort of stuff we do in this distant wilderness! Anyway, regardless, I'm happy to share my not insignificant experience in these matters.
To start , I want to remind you that the 5Ps rule applies here - Poor Preparation Prevents Perfect Performance. So let's look at the preparation (noting that this exercise may be more pertinent to Tenors and Bass). We need to be sure that all the necessary materials, other resources, tools and equipment are available as well as relevant PPE and safety instructions.
1. Locate the kitchen - this may be an exhausting process but you may have stumbled on it by accident during the 'which-room-do-I-visit-today' phase of isolation. You may be able to recognise it as there could be a cooker ( an electrical or gas powered device with maybe a few circular heating elements of some nature on the upper horizontal surface at working height) and/or a fridge (an important device which keeps wine and beer cool).
2.Toasting may be carried out in the grill section of the cooker described above or there could be an independent device standing somewhere on the worktops , usually having two bread slice sized apertures with a cage- like structure inside each and having a flex of about 3 feet with a plug on the end of that for connecting to the power outlets.
At this point go to the fridge and take a glass of wine or a beer as you are most likely worn out physically or mentally by these steps.
3. This step may be even more taxing than the last two but it is essential then to locate a pan ( typically a circular steel /aluminium or similar metal device some one and a half inches deep, 10 inches or so in diameter, having a handle of similar length and no lid). Maybe this is lurking behind a door of the cooker (mentioned in step 1) or in some other cupboard in the kitchen. (Good luck with the hunt). If you were lucky, then you know the whereabouts of the main equipment needed - have another beer or wine!
4. Now for the required materials which will involve even more detective work.
4.1 For the toast you will require bread - you know what that is but where it is will be something of a secret - have a beer or some wine as it'll be some time before you locate from the myriad optional places available.
4.2 For the fried egg you will need an egg - could be in the fridge or anywhere else for that matter and some oil or (preferably) some dripping neither of which will be tripped over readily.
More beer or wine is necessary.
5. To show willing don the relevant PPE as shown in the picture below, then have more beer and retreat for a well deserved snooze since the exertions up to now far exceed the proscribed amount of exercise for one day.
I'll send the next set of details when I'm sober.
From Helen - cakes
THE FIRST CAKE
Last week a friend delivered a surprise birthday cake - with the Argus SIngers as the theme.
Five minutes later the four horsemen of the Apocalyse arrived following Boris's statement!
Happy days ;).
THE SECOND CAKE
Orange and Almond Torte.
This is the one I was planning on bringing to our social in April.
I've added the recipe so you can make it for yourselves :)