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About Lisa @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking - Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies, Desserts, & Decorating

LisaThe must have “About Me”, where I have to make myself sound as exciting as possible to attract would-be readers! So, here goes… *gulp*

I’m Lisa, *waves* I’m 32. I am a disabled mum of three little girls, Katrina (12), Collette (10) and Abbi (9). Not forgetting my partner’s (known as the giant man-baby) son, Josh (9).

I live in Nottingham, in beautiful sunny *cough* England! I suffer with chronic Psoriatic arthritis (PSA), and have had it since I was approx. 13 years old. Daily life is a struggle with the constant pain, fatigue and of course, stiff and fused unusable joints all over my body.

Due to this, I do not work and often find myself bored. I needed a hobby and fast! I do love photography as a hobby that I have done for years, but my disability now somewhat restricts that. I do enjoy cooking main meals (when the children don’t cock their noses up at my wonderful ‘creations’), but wanted to broaden my horizons by baking up some yummy mummy desert treats. I’m an amateur at this still. Oh so amateur-ish! So, I’m not just cooking up a treat, I’ll often be found ‘cocking’ up a treat too! :) ['Cocking up' is English slang for 'messing up' ;)] But ah well, practise makes perfect, eh?

Kenwood Chef Titanium Food Processor/Mixer

So, here you will see the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, heh! Follow along if you will, the more the merrier, and join in with the fun and the mess found in my kitchen after. Oh, and while you’re here, grab that dish cloth and help me tidy up that ‘batter splatter’ will you? Ta muchly!

I’m using a Kenwood Chef Titanium food processor/mixer which I purchased in early 2012, and have used a lot! It is fantastic. I love that it is a mixer with the usual whisk, dough hook, K-beater and a flexible beater (which scrapes the sides of the bowl as it beats). It also has a food processor which fits on top, and also has a liquidiser which also fits on top.

Kenwood Chef Titanium Food Processor/Mixer

Because I’m greedy and I couldn’t make my mind up whether I primarily wanted either the Kenwood Chef mixer or the KitchenAid Artisan mixer I, umm, got both! :lol:

So, I have two mixers – double the production, baby! ;)

I really wanted the red KitchenAid, but after seeing someone locally selling a brand new unopened in box with all warrenties locally at a bargain price, I really could not resist.

Therefore I ended up with a beautiful KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer in Onyx black. It’s be-a-you-ti-ful! And I can’t conplain really as I have both chrome and black elements in my kitchen. It fits in like a glove!

Comments

  1. Francesca says

    Hi Lisa, I just read your comment over at Cookies and Cups, about not being able to purchase the Wilton cookie scraper — I am in America at the moment, but I return to England next week. I would be happy to get one for you if I can, then post it when I am back – if you would like me to? Just let me know. I am very happy to help if I can.
    Thank you for your blog and for sharing your recipes and tips.
    Francesca

  2. says

    Wishing you all the best with the blog. You are so talented! Here’s to a fulfilling and “delicious” 2013. Your blog is an endless supply of stunning inspiration!

    Best,
    Angela

  3. says

    Lisa- Love your site, recipes, and beautiful , tempting photos. They all look professional to me, and the treats look heavenl I bet I can gain weight by just admiring them! Keep up the wonderful work!

  4. Liz Becker says

    Hi,

    I think there is something wrong with your email submission form so I will go ahead and talk to you here :) My name is Liz and I am interested in guest posting on sweet2eatbaking.com. Let me know if you are interested in either guest posts or sponsored posts :)

    Thanks,
    Liz

    • says

      Hi Liz, I’m sorry I’m soooo late in responding, I didn’t even see this until now when updating my page.

      If you’re still interested, please do shoot me an email. I won’t be so late in responding next time. I promise.

      Again, apologies.
      Lisa Crunkhorn recently posted…Sugar & Slice Sunday #33

  5. says

    Hi Lisa,

    I keep meaning to pop on here and ask you which mixer you find best with the PA. I’m fed up of my hand whisk which I keep dropping into mixtures and redecorating the kitchen with. I’m thinking about a Kenwood as some people have said that is easier to put attachments in – what do you think?

    Loving all your recipes and your photos are brilliant.

    Kate
    Kate recently posted…Arthur investigates…Can eating your greens help arthritis?

    • says

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for stopping by. You’ve reminded me that I need to update my about page since I have both the Kenwood Titanium and Kitchen Aid Artisan mixers now, and have done for quite a while.

      I don’t even think I’d even be able to go the hand whisk route so I can definitely understand why you’ve be redecorating the kitchen with it and its vibrations! Eek!

      My Kenwood Titanium is a food processor as well as a stand mixer so I can’t compare their range of just stand mixers but i’d image they’d be the same, and specifically for the ease of use putting the whisk, beater attachments, etc. I’d say that they’re equally easy to put on. The Kenwood has sort of a bayonet on the end of the attachment which you attach like a lightbulb pushing up and into the space and screwing in. The Kitchen Aid is similar but doesn’t have a bayonet-like end, but you still push up and screw.

      I haven’t had any issues getting the beaters off other than the Kenwood flexible beater which is rather stiff sometimes but I think that’s just my beater as it doesn’t do it all the time. My partner will happily remove the attachments for me if I can’t. Also, the Kenwood attachments also have nuts so you can loosen them up and down for an accurate beat/whisk.

      In other specs, the Kenwood’s motors are more powerful in general than the Kitchen Aid’s. As I said before I have the Kenwood Chef ‘Titanium’ model, which is more or less the top of the range but comparing their K-Mix stand mixers, they still have more powerful motors than the Kitchen Aid Artisan mixers, but both are sturdy on the worktops.

      Other than that, with my arthritis in mind, the way you open them up to get to the bowls is different too. Not sure what it’s like on K-Mix models but on my Titanium Kenwood you have to pull a lever towards you on the body of the mixer below the speed dial, which I find difficult sometimes as I have PSA bad in my thumb and it’s facing at a 45 degree angle away from my fingers. On the Kitchen Aid, it’s at the top on the neck of the body and you push that one away from you which I find easier. The Kitchen Aid isn’t as graceful opening and, if not careful, can slam back down with a BIG thud whereas the Kenwood is graceful and doesn’t thud back down on you.

      I use both equally. When I’m baking something hard like cookie dough or something that needs speed and power for a while such as whisking egg whites, meringues and marshmallows which need constant whisking for 5-10 mins or more, I’ll use the Kenwood. For other things, I’ll use the Kitchen Aid. Or vice versa if one of the bowls if dirty. :lol:

      I think that pretty much explains everything. If I’ve missed anything out, feel free to just email me and I’ll get back to you.

      Hope this is helpful. Take care,
      Lisa.
      Lisa Crunkhorn recently posted…Sugar & Slice Sunday #27

      • says

        Thanks Lisa, that’s really helpful info and the most comprehensive guide anyone has given me. I’m going to have to go play with them in the shop I think but leaning towards a kenwood, especially since you described it as graceful :). My wrists are the main problem when baking but I also have some numb patches on my hands/fingers. Most people seem happy with whichever they choose so perhaps I should just choose the prettiest!
        Kate recently posted…Arthur investigates…Can eating your greens help arthritis?

  6. says

    Hi Lisa,have just come across your site by accident and just love it.
    I also suffer from a chronic condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis and have done for 20yrs so understand your situation. I too have found baking to be a tremendous help to me especially with boredom although I’m not a very good one I just enjoy the whole experience of making a cake and seeing that end result.
    I am looking forward to baking (and eating) many of the recipes I have seen on here as they all look gorgeous and yummy!!
    Mandy

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