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Friday, December 09, 2005

I don't want to set the world on fire ...

I finally made something in the Actually Functioning Oven last weekend - Delia's Christmas Cake. I (stupidly) forgot to put a pan under it, which apparently caused some leakage.

Tonight I went to Trader Joe's after work and picked up some eggs for this weekend's baking adventures - I am going to try Alice Medrich's lemon bars and hope they are as good as the ones at Bake Sale Betty's - and I got one of the Alsatian savory tarts advertised in the last Flyer..

So I got home and turned the oven on to 475 F.

A few minutes later I noted it smoking. I bunged the cat in the back room, turned on the fan, and opened the windows and the doors.

Then I turned the oven back on (determined to have my "pizza" for dinner).

A couple of minutes later I noted flames on the oven floor through the glass window! Oh shit! I removed the teatowels, got some water ready, but decided to see whether not allowing it new air would allow it to burn out. And diminish it did.

After some airing out, the tart went in uneventfully.

I think a cleaning cycle is in order tonight. But I'm hoping it might be a metaphor for my life right now - there are things that look scary but will blow over quickly.

How scary! You kept a cool head, though, and that's what counts.

I swooned when you mentioned Trader Joe's. We're moving back to TJ's territory soon and I am all quivery with anticipation. The only bad part is that where we'll be living isn't one of the places where they can sell wine. Ah well, you can't have everything I guess.
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