In March , I blogged about a new range. For three months I cooked with a range that didn’t have a temperature knob for the oven. I used an oven thermometer, however, the biggest problem was that the oven cycles throughout cooking. It would cycle from 350 F to 450 F during any cooking process. It didn’t matter where I placed the knob with the two pictures, it cycled and I burnt the majority of things I cooked.
For those of you who know me, cooking is a big deal to me, plus I must cook much more here than in the States. Needless to say, I was very frustrated!
There is a family who’ve served in Yaoundé for several years and they are leaving for a Stateside assignment. They were selling all their belongings, including a range. I really wanted their range, but how could we spend more money on another range? I felt so guilty and like a spoiled child even thinking about it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. After much discussion and finding a buyer for our range, we purchased the range from the family.
I’m happy, happy, happy with the new range. It’s BIG. The oven’s here are European models that only have one oven rack and are normally quite small. The European makers, make ovens wider rather than two oven racks for cooks who want more oven space. So this oven is a full 36″ wide. For the first time in four years, I can now cook two homemade pizzas at the same time or two sheets of cookies at the same time or two of whatever at the same time. Plus, it has an accurate temperature knob. For the first time in several months, I didn’t burn my granola and have been enjoying eating toasted granola in the morning, rather than, burnt granola.