New TFL addict from Montreal
I am a 30 years old from Montreal city, in Canada, and I'm glad i found this fantastic source of information. I used to be a professional chef, but working crazy hours with crazy people eventually got to me, and i all but stopped cooking at home for the people I love. So one day i just decided i had enough of that, found other work and resumed cooking at my place for friends and family. Last year I added a smoker to my arsenal, with fantastic result (cold smoked salmon anyone?) and last week, i walked in a store where they had a brand new KitchenAid Pro Series 5 at 250$ instead of the usual 500ish i've seen them at. I always wanted a good, reliable tool like that to add to my kitchen equipment and start a baking side to enrich my cooking experience, and i figured that was kind of a message now was the time.
I've read a couple reviews of the KA Pros, and seem like people have various opinion on them, the negative ones coming mostly, if i understood right, from the fact that it's not fantastic for making big batches. If i don't plan on baking for an army, but more in the lines of a loaf or two of bread a week, and a cake of some sort here and there, was that a good deal ? I usually read alot before buying something, but the price of the KA always put me off so i never really got into digging for the reviews and such. seeing it at that price, and seeing there was 2 left, i just kinda jumped on it (or more likely sat in front of it for 15m deciding what to do).
So i started digging around, found this site, ordered two bread making books (Bread maker's Apprentice's and American Pie) to get me started, on top of reading the "lessons" section here and a few posts here and there, mostly about buying a baking stone.
So to make a long post come to an end, i'll just repeat that i am mighty glad to have found this site, and i'm looking foward to knowing all of you, learn from your techniques and experience, and get myself to know Bread making and baking from scratch, something i have been dreaming of doing for countless years.