Now What Am I Supposed To Do?
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I thought that the worst thing that could happen to me, a person who loves to cook and bake, had already occurred. That incident happened last summer, when my herbs, spices and my gel icing colors were "accidentally" thrown in the trash.
But this is much worse!
The trouble started four years ago. My two year old stove wasn't working well. The flame coming out of the burners wasn't as strong as it used to be. Baking anything in the oven took anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes longer than usual. But I persisted and made very minor adjustments in my cooking.
I continued to use my stove for another year. Then one day, two of the burners and the comal (griddle) in the center of the stove, stopped working.
It's not easy to cook for six people, with only two functioning burners. So Hubby called the oven repairman, who poked, blew, twisted and jiggled the different parts in the stove and oven. All four of my burners were now functioning and the flame was almost as strong as when the stove was new. But my oven flame got weaker. It now took me almost twice as long to bake something. My cakes and cheesecakes resulted even moister, but roasting a chicken was out of the question.
Again, I adapted.
But in October, I noticed that the stove flames were at an all time low. The oven repairman was summoned once again, but the results weren't what we expected. This time, the damage was irreparable.
On Thursday, I was baking a cake for my mother-in-law's birthday. The baking time for the cake layers was 25 to 30 minutes. But with my malfunctioning oven it would take atleast a hour.
After the hour had passed, I peaked through the oven window to see if the cakes looked done. Imagine my horror when I noticed that the cakes hadn't risen at all and the cake batter looked the same as when I had popped it in the oven.
I left the cakes in the oven a little longer to see if they would cook. But after another thirty minutes, nothing had changed. Knowing that my cake had no chance of surviving, I opened the oven door and immediately noticed that the oven flame looked as if it were struggling to stay alive.
The first thing many of you might be thinking is that we ran out of propane gas, but we just filled our stationary propane tank with 300 pesos worth gas this week. That's enough gas to last us about 3 months.
Yes, it's true. My oven and stove are quickly ceasing to function.
Hubby and I have toyed with the idea of calling the repairman. But we are also pretty sure that there is nothing that can be done. I know that some of you are handy at fixing things and I'm wondering what you think should be done. Is it a lost cause or should I start shopping for a new stove?