Thursday, 3 May 2012

In Which the Oven Tries to Die

I have good news and bad news.  The good news is I know what tripped the safety switch.  The bad news is that the rangehood, cooktop and oven all need to be looked at. :(

Our power went off the other day - just the powerpoints.  Very odd, we thought.  I had been fiddling with the light globe in the rangehood at the time, but didn't really put two and two together because we know the fridge is trying to die.  In the process of doing that the oven is doing strange things with its temperatures.  You know, 160C is now near the beginning of the dial instead of in the middle and there is not space between 155 and 165, so it flicks around by 10C.  Strange.  Annoying.

Today I went to light a flame under a pan - the flicker of the self ingnition thing tripped the switch again.  I'm beginning to wonder if this can wait til pay day to get looked at!

The kids are excited about the idea of getting a new oven.  I'm not.  If I had to get a new oven I would want to replace the whole kitchen with a light coloured colonial-facade type of cabinet doors with drawers instead of cupboards.  And a new bench top which is lighter and one I could put hot things straight onto.  I have dreams, ya know?  Nice, budget friendly dreams, thanks to Ikea.  In the meantime a frugal repair job will suffice for now.

And while we're talking about things that don't work - non-stick cookware.  I bought a Scanpan frying pay a few years back.  I love it.  It's a great size and depth, has a handle either side of the pan and goes in the oven.  It's perfect.  But it did not stay non-stick for as long as I'd hoped, despite being careful.  I discovered the ancient joys of seasoning a pan, however.  A little oil and a bit of heat and she's gleaming black and back to non-stick.  But you have to do it every time you use it.  I have to say - I'm a bit disappointed with the grand promises made by Scanpan in regard to the non-stickiness over the long term.

On a good note - still love my mixer and front loading washing machine, which is humming as I type.


Left-Handed Housewife said...

Oh, how I wish my oven was on its last legs! It's so, so tiny, and I hate it so, so much. Unfortunately, as of this writing it continues to act good as new.

Our fridge is trying to give up the ghost, too, but I'd rather have a new oven than a new fridge. So we keep repairing the fridge and dreaming of how fabulous our kitchen will be one of these days ...


Tracy said...

The idea of new appliances is exciting - but the bank account doesn't agree!

I've had an oven I hated immensely. I've been blessed with beautiful ovens since I left that house.

Rel said...

Love my oven, as you know, Trac :) Sorry you are having issues but a new appliance is always fun....just don't look at the bank balance when you are done ;-D

Hugs - missing you xo

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Nohemi Tutterrow said...

Renovating your kitchen sounds cool! New appliances for a new kitchen? Why not? Anyway, I’m sure that your kids love to bake too, or is it just your “baking” that they love? If time and budget permits, I’ll buy a new oven and have our kitchen renovated too, soon.