Things you take for granted about your stove.
When you push a button or turn a knob it comes on.
The oven has a thermostat and it is accurate to within a degree or two.
Years ago, when I selected a stove for this house I chose the smallest and probably cheapest oven-cooktop at the local appliance store. At that time we were only here for a few weeks at a time and I figured a stove was a stove. My priorities were that it fit in the funny little galley kitchen and that it could be installed quickly. That seemed straight forward enough.
|Shopping Village, Brantome|
|Shopping Street, Rue Puy Jolie|
A day or two later the stove was delivered. They wheeled it down the sidewalk that leads to our home. Popped it into a corner of the kitchen where it could be connected to a gas tank. And voila, time to get cooking that fancy french food!
Tom and the installer stood back admiringly and I stepped in to check it out. I turned a knob on the stove top. Nothing happened. I looked around at Tom and the technician. How do I turn it on? Well with a match of course. A match?! Ever since I played with Grandma’s matches and almost burned down my favorite motel I have been afraid of matches. Now add gas to the equation and I was completely flipped out. And there was more to worry about.
The oven also has to be lit with a match. Now putting my head in an oven, trying to get enough gas pooled, and then get it lit was way more than I could handle. Loosing some eye brow does get you a lit oven, but it doesn’t get you the temperature you want. Neither of us noticed that our itty-bitty, low-cost, white-enameled unit doesn’t have a thermostat. The temperature range is: on, not really off, and off.
How had this happened? How could the appliance store carry such a stupid oven? Why would anyone even manufacture something like that!?
Do I hear you saying cheap, impatient........or was I thinking I may have found the latest in French Country chic?
|My favorite appliance store. Just need to remember to check out all the parts.|
PS-- I now cook by smell and never even think about temperature and time.