Aldi in the kitchen

While I’m on the subject of food, I saw that Aldi is currently advertising a stand mixer somewhat similar to KitchenAid and somewhat cheaper too. This is all in connection with the Great British Bake-Off on TV (which is preceded by ads for Lyle’s golden syrup and Dr. Oetker – when I was studying in Berlin from 1967-68 I found Dr. Oetker so irritating – I couldn’t understand how baking powder could be branded – and did not anticipate Dr. Oetker being on TV in the UK fifty years later – I spent less time thinking about Axel Springer).

Apparently Lidl has something similar.

Aldi Ambiano Premium. This model has what are described as attachments for mincing, sausage making, pasta making and cookie making. From what I read it sounds like these elements are devilishly complex to put together. I am struck by the ‘cookie attachment’:

It looks rather repulsive here. It is a typical German thing, surely? Ihat is, all German meat mincers come with a device for extruding a particular kind of biscuit dough, but can non-Germans use such a thing? – I’ve just been reminded by SistaRay on Twitter that it’s called Spritzgebäck. There are quite a few English-language recipes online. I think they may be sold here as Viennese biscuits. Certainly worth trying.

I must say I probably no longer need a mixer. I did buy a Bosch one, which was a Which? best buy, but it turned out to have exactly the problems the Aldi mincer attachment is said to have: you virtually had to be a qualified engineer to work out how to operate it. Maybe OK if you used it every day.

Another thing that strikes me in the Aldi brochure is the wooden toy kitchen.

This fabulous Wooden Premium Kitchen is ideal for your little one to explore and engage with imaginative role play. Your child could be an extravagant chef in the kitchen making the most amazing meals on the hob, in the oven or using the microwave. Afterwards they can wash up the dishes in the Belfast sink, put ingredients away in the fridge and prepare an ice cold drink using the drink and ice dispenser.

This shocked me, because I gradually realized that this kitchen doesn’t do anything. It’s all ‘imaginative role play’. But I actually had a toy stove as a child, and I could really cook things on it – I can still picture the little slices of carrot I boiled (had not yet read Elizabeth David). This Japanese toy kitchen must be similar to it. I can’t remember candles or what fuel source it had, but it was one of my favourite toys. Nowadays, it wouldn’t be allowed.


  • Oven – with opening & shutting door, shelf inside, and clicking dials

  • Washing machine – with opening & shutting door and clicking dials


Clicking dials! That’s all it does.

I have already in this blog mourned the loss of Mr. Potato Head to be used with real raw potatoes. Just as well I am older now.

3 thoughts on “Aldi in the kitchen

  1. Spritzgebäck is indeed delicious stuff, especially if produced and eaten during the Christmas season. However, you don’t need a motorized extruder, the best choice is a mechanical pump which helps you to place the cookies directly on the baking sheet:

    Different stencils or masks may be used for creating different cookie shapes. The results are quite convincing:

    No need for yet another electric device of doubtful usability in the kitchen’s cupboard!

    Greetings from Fürth,

  2. Hi Ralph,
    I was trying to remember the word ‘zonebattler’ recently! How is fürth?

    I would certainly not buy a motorized extruder. The only reason to have a mincer would be to make meatballs, and the Spritzgebäck function would be a by-product.
    When you said the Passionsgeschichte results were convincing, I was expecting at least the figure of Christ on the cross or the crown of thorns! ‘Convincing’ presumably means, however, that they look like biscuits? (rhetorical question)

  3. They did not only LOOK like bicuits, they also TASTED like biscuits! ;-)

    Fürth is still Fürth, with all the positive and negative connotations that you are probably still aware of. I try to make some useful contributions to FürthWiki, which is meant to be for Fürth what Wikipedia is for the world. See


    for details. BTW, I think you might be interested in Rober Söllner’s stunnig slider photos, seeöllner#Besonderheiten

    for examples and a list of links to all available “then and now” sliders…

    Cheers from the continent,

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