Since moving here we have gathered a few more "gadgets" .. but no food processors.
This is our latest addition. We had looked for one in Lusaka, and finally we discovered this one on our last shopping trip to the Kitwe Pick'n Pay. It pops a very small batch, but Mary can now enjoy freshly popped corn.
Tom looked askance at me when I wanted to buy this on our Lusaka shopping trip back in December. I persisted, and now I think he agrees ... completely worth the cost. This crock cooker is the only way to tenderize meat ... right now I'm cooking a tenderloin with onions, garlic and tomatoes for dinner.
Our routine is now to pour tap water into the filter on the right, then pour that filtered water into the blue British Berkfeld on the left. The two tall candles in the BB are ceramic candles impregnated with silver. The final water lacks that distinctive Chingola "taste."
And the tumble dryer. For me, an absolute must. I simply did not want to, or want to have Josephine iron all our clothes to avoid impregnation by the putsi fly larvae. Plus, given that we live in a smelter town the air is not clean, the outside clothes lines are rusted metal wires, putsi flies love wet cloth for propagating, and WE HAVE MONKEYS!!!
In order to use the drying inside the exhaust is directed outside through a close-by window. The hardest thing to remember is to close the window each night so mosquitos and migrating termites don't come in. The window is screened, but not with a fine mesh. It does manage to KEEP OUT THE MONKEYS though!
And finally for this tour of our African home gadgets the washing machine. It is located outside the main house in the "laundry room." This one has some interesting features. One is that you can opt to have the load do a final spin for either 15 or 30 minutes. That effectively removes most of the moisture, and lessens the time needed for machine or flat drying. Another feather is "Fuzzy" load setting. After placing a load in, the machine "measures" the load (supposedly detecting the level of dirty), then adjusts the amount of water accordingly. Of course, what the machine doesn't determine is the level of dirty water being used to wash the clothes!!! As for the other settings? I do not enjoy doing laundry enough to even wonder about them. I am simply grateful that we have a washing machine so Josephine does not need to hand wash everything in the outside laundry room sink.
The variety of brands is interesting: Sunbeam, Bosch, Samsung, Phillips, Daliff, Salton ... Our cooker (range to you all) is Defy, a South African brand and the new chest freezer we bought is a Midea, another South African brand.