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.