It always amazes me, the lengths the Luv Luv would go to NOT do housework, specifically, he hates being in the kitchen. At least, he hates being in the kitchen using boring old kitchen supplies and making boring old meals – but add some vroom vroom machinery in there and he gets extremely possessive of kitchen space and said machinery. It amazes me that certain of MY kitchen gadgets somehow become his in his mind because they either grill, have a big motor, or cater to his idea of fun a little too much. What can I say? Men and their toys!
If you remember a while back, I was given the opportunity to try out one of the new George Foreman Fat Reducing Grills and to attend an amazing demonstration showing exactly what these babies can do.
I can tell you, that from the day the Luv Luv heard that we were getting a grill to try out, he couldn’t sleep, he couldn’t eat, he didn’t want to leave the house in case I came home with it and he wasn’t there. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but I’ve never had him pay so much attention to a product I was reviewing before. I think some sort of cave-man “me hungry man” instinct came out and he kept pestering me about when the grill was coming before I even went to the event!
And then, when I came home from the event sans grill because they were posting it to me, I got such a look of disappointment that he reminded me of a child whose ice cream fell on the ground…when it came he reminded me distinctly of the same child who was then presented with an ice cream truck full of goodies to choose from. I rarely got to touch “his” grill after that – and was only able to use it briefly for my post – and then he took over (and that’s the real reason why that post had him cooking a lot of the time!). I even had to wait till he was out to try to do my own experiments with it! Men and their toys, huh?!
Similarly, after I gave my Kitchen Aid mixer to my Mom when I was moving to England, he insisted I get a new one. I mean, I knew I’d get a new one eventually, especially seeing as I wanted to start The Baking Bug Ltd, but he was so adamant that it be one of the first things I get…and I just could not understand why. You see, I knew he loved cake, but we could always buy that if he wanted some while waiting for the savings to purchase the mixer. What I did not realize was that he had been researching these mixers and had brought his knowledge level of the different types of mixers available from Kitchen Aid up to a level way above mine. I knew there were home mixers and professional mixers – but the Luv Luv knew the model types, the model numbers and the difference in each of them, including the HORSEPOWER of the motors. I still get lectures on how to use “his” mixer properly whenever he sees me using it – do keep in mind that he has yet to make anything in it himself – it was all about the powerful motor. Vroom Vroom, right? Ah. Men and their Toys.
The latest one of my toys that has somehow become his, is the Soda Stream. You may have heard of these from when you were a child – they basically are machines that carbonate normal water at home, and allow you to flavour it so that you can have homemade soda pop. When I heard about it (a few months before I moved), I thought, what a fun gadget, I’d never use it. Then I remembered that the Luv Luv LOVES carbonated water – as in he would buy club soda and drink that in place of Perrier because it’s cheaper….what I hated about that was that it’s so full of sugar…and God knows he doesn’t need more sugar in his system (can you say hyper? There’s a reason I say I don’t need kids!). I told him I was getting one to try and he kept snubbing it, until it came in its fancy schmancy box (which I love by the way) – then he got a little intrigued and kept asking “when are you going to open it?!” – unfortunately that was right before my life got turned upside down (thanks Will Smith)…..he had to wait till I got back from Toronto when I had time between packing to actually try it out.
I had tried SodaStream myself at BlogOn MOSI 2012 because they were one of the sponsors. That meant that I got to taste the amazing lemonade flavour (which I absolutely loved) as soon as I entered the exhibitors’ area, right after sprinting from the train station to MOSI….ie. I really needed to sit, breathe and have a really cool, refreshing drink…and that’s exactly what I got from SodaStream!
Remembering this, I pulled the SodaStream out on one of those unusually hot days in Huddersfield. I nervously put the compressed air tank in (I swear I always see the worst case scenario and in this case it included a broken skylight and a roof falling in on me) and tried it out. Yay it worked! The only thing that rattled my nerves a bit was that the Soda Stream makes a rather loud noise when it is carbonating the water – and I have to say that although I was waiting for it, I didn’t realize quite how loud it was! Anyway, I carbonated it till the third light came on – full carbonation – and ta dah – in a few seconds, a bottle full of carbonated water for the Luv Luv to drink…..inexpensive, convenient and even portable if he chose to take it with him to the University.
When he came home he got very excited and we decided to make a second bottle but to flavour it this time. I had so many flavours after attending BlogOn MOSI, plus the sampler pack and the “adult” friendly flavour pack that I was sent to try that we had a hard time choosing….eventually though, the Luv Luv spotted the cherry and decided to go for it. I personally have never liked cherry flavoured soda, but it’s one of the Luv Luv’s favourites so he adored it…and I have to say that when he convinced me to try it, it wasn’t as bad at all as those cherry flavoured colas you can buy in stores.
So I showed him how to fill the still water (we used it from our water service since the Luv Luv refuses to drink tap water) to the little wavy line at the top, then I showed him how to attach the bottle over the carbonating tube and to affix it into the machine properly so that it didn’t fall out while carbonating.
Then I showed him how to carbonate – simply by pressing down on the machine until the third light came on.
That’s about when he reminded me, yet again, why I always say I don’t need children “…but I wanted to do it!!!!!…” (please go back and read that in the most whiny voice you can imagine coming out of a grown man). Oops. So…if you guys are experimenting with your kids, please let them press down on the machine for at least one bottle when you are experimenting to avoid that.
Anyway, the day after, I headed to London to check out apartments and I was there for a week. While I was there, the Luv Luv consumed the cherry soda from the SodaStream and the bottle of plain water and had made his own two bottles. How did I find this out? Oh right, he called me to find out why the soda had overflowed on him when he added the flavour.
You see, when you add flavour to the carbonated water, you have to do it while holding the bottle at a 45 degree angle and you have to add the flavour in slowly….it’s like pouring soda pop. You pour until you see the carbonation rising to the top of the glass, wait a bit and then pour some more….you don’t just pour an entire glass at the same time. Well, the Luv Luv had not gotten this concept (and of course, being a man did not read the instructions), and had thrown the flavour in holding the bottle over the kitchen floor, cursed when it overflowed (I wasn’t actually there but I’m 100% sure expletives came out of his mouth) and ran over to the sink. Thank God he cleaned up and then called me later to find out what happened.
I went out on Twitter and was told by both SodaStreamUK and a lovely lady who loves SodaStream that you have to add the flavour slowly and hold the bottle at least at a 45 degree angle…..as it says in the instructions and all over SodaStream social media all over the world. I did relay this to the Luv Luv who learnt from his mistakes, and later, when I returned home and made him make me a lemon one (because the cream soda flavour he gave me was WAY too sweet for me!) because I was craving a fizzy, refreshing, LOW FAT, citrus-ey drink. Yum.
I am still a fan of the lemon and am waiting desperately to try the pink grapefruit!!! I think the Luv Luv was just waiting for me to move to London to try the energy drink option – but I’m not sure he’s done it yet – at least, he hasn’t told me about it!
So that was our SodaStream story – all in all I’m extremely happy we got it – not only is it convenient, but it is simple to operate, easy to clean and quite thin so it doesn’t take up much counter or cupboard space! It’s an excellent answer for our water needs seeing as I love still water and the Luv Luv loves carbonated water, it is a cheaper and healthier alternative to purchasing soda pop and carbonated water from the grocery store and it is just plain fun to use and experiment with!
I think the SodaStream is just as applicable in an all adult household (or semi-adult as mine seems to be at times :I ) as it is in a household with children. It is definitely a conversation starter for a party, can be used to make healthy chasers and non-alcoholic cocktails and quickly makes a bottle of carbonated water for you when you’re on the go and want something a bit more exciting than still water! For children it would be a fun and exciting gadget to play with when Mom or Dad is around and it creates a much healthier and cheaper version of their favourite sodas.
Would I buy a SodaStream again? Most definitely! Should you? I would definitely recommend it!
Have you tried SodaStream yet?
I was compensated for this post, but regardless of compensation or not, the opinions expressed in this post, as in all posts on Bewildered Bug, are honest and my own