Thursday, November 10, 2005


Our apartment has a half-size stove/oven in it -- as you might be able to make out in the picture it's slightly less than two chopsticks wide (these are authentic chopsticks, not that chintz you get at Panda Express).

It works well enough, so long as you only cook two things at once, or four really small things. Again, as you can see -- the Wok is the exception to the two thing rule, unless your second item is the one can of soup at a time pot.

The oven also works fine -- in fact, too fine. Similar to the bus in the movie, Speed, it cannot cook below 450 degrees. Below that temperature the flames just flicker out. For baked potatoes, pot roasts, and chicken pot pies that's fine. But cakes, cupcakes, and brownies always burn.

So I tried a new trick tonight. Turn on the oven to the full 450, pop in the cook at 325-350 cupcakes, then leave the oven partially open. Of course this warms up the apartment in our 71F 91% humidity weather here in November Texas -- so I also have to run the AC.

My next oven will probably be bloated, make only tepid water, and star less interesting food.


Writeprocrastinator said...

"My next oven will probably be bloated, make only tepid water, and star less interesting food."

Ah, so I'm not the only one with an oven/stove from hell. The burners on our K*nm*r* are evenly spaced, but you have to keep them clean or "Smoke City."

The oven? No broiling or the hypersensitive smoke detector shrieks, causing my wife to shriek, and me to mock her shriek with an equally shrill shriek. It's Alfred Hitchcock-time at the Procrastinator household.

Anything that cooks in the oven for more than twenty-minutes and it's brush fire season with smoke as thick as the hills in Southern California in September, fan or no exhaust fan.

Here's to being able to afford Wolf Ranges all around.

dan said...

this from the guy who used to think toasting bagles is cooking?

now I know that marriage changes you