We thought so — it just made our humble roti smell and taste like progress. Introducing the classic wire-mesh toaster…
Each slice of bread was lovingly clasped between the two halves of the toaster (each half made from ‘chicken wire’ mesh with a frame), and one had to skillfully control the charcoal embers below, the distance from the heat source as well as the length of time. Any distraction or slip of hand could turn one’s breakfast into idiomatic toasted catastrophe.
The last time I saw one of these ‘gadgets’ was perhaps 40 years ago. Am not sure if others have seen or used one in recent times.
Of course with the advent of modern electric toasters, all it takes is to push a button and a lever, and sit tight and wait. No hit-and-miss!