Does anyone out there know anything about ovens?
Mine caught on fire last week.
And you know how I am about fires...
And in case you don't... To say that I have a healthy respect for them might be a bit of an understatement.
I've survived two apartment building fires, once when I was ten and another when I was 23; as well as a third, outside my house… started by a boyfriend… who quickly became an ex after the display of stupidity that started the blaze that brought two fire huge trucks to the condo complex where I live…
But that’s a tale for another day. (Moral of the story: Now I only date smart boys, thank you very much.)
But last week, there was no stupidity involved. Just two loaves of bread, being baked by my housemate, Leah. She bakes wonderful bread… full of whole grains, a variety of flours and a variety of other things that could be called both “yummy” and “good for you".
Last week, as the bread was in the oven, I heard a noise in the kitchen. Thought one of the cats was up to something (again). So, I went to Investigate.
“The oven’s on fire!”
I quickly turned it off. Leah came flying in from the living room, got some baking soda and as I opened the oven door, she threw the baking soda on the flaming element.
The bread sat there innocently, each loaf in its respective pan, as if to say, “Whaaat???? It’s not our fault!”
And indeed, it appeared not to be. Nothing had dripped on the element. There was no smoke, really… Just flames.
The bottom heating element in the oven had melted in one corner.
How does that happen?
Has this ever happened to any of you? It’s certainly never happened to me before…
Now, does anyone out there know if the bottom heating element can simply be replaced? Or do I need to buy a whole new stove? The darn thing is less than 10 years old, for sure… Maybe less than 5 years old…
For now though… Leah is eating lots of stir fry and I’m confining myself to toasted bagels and fresh produce.
Leah finished baking the bread at a friend’s house, by the way. It’s very good bread, as always.