|Is an oven a necessity or a luxury? The new oven was inaugurated with a Spicy Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich|
I have a secret...Well, it is not really a secret. At least I did not think it was a secret until I said it out loud and everyone's reaction was a shocked look. So, a couple of nights ago, I came home and my room-mate had bought a new oven for the kitchen. I was super-excited when I realized it was for general use.
See, I have lived in this house for almost a year and we did not have an oven because the one that came with the stove was not working. I complained once and when nothing got done, I simply just moved on with life. In the grand scheme of life, not having an oven did not seem like a big suffering.
The thing is I grew up in Nigeria and an oven was sort of a luxury. The price of gas was just too expensive to be using an oven regularly. Plus, the food I grew up were not exactly oven-friendly. When I was thirteen, I remember asking my mom for a canister of gas as a birthday gift so that I could bake when I wanted. I used to make Yorkshire puddings and bake Victoria sponge cake.
At work, I mentioned it to a couple of my friends that Iw as excited to finally have an oven. They were both speechless that I had lived in a house without an oven. It made me feel like maybe I had been slumming. However, thinking of it now, my ability to live without an oven is because it is not a necessity. I am a very adaptable person. Unless something is extremely integral to my daily happiness, I am usually able to do without it.
Now that the oven is here though, I shall start making more oven-friendly food. I am already planning on roasting some chicken breast this weekend. I am also excited to be able to make souffle and baked apples again. For the first meal I made in the oven, I wanted something simple. I settled on a sandwich, a toasted open faced sandwich with cheese. A sandwich is something you can make easily without an oven but the depth of flavor and texture the melted cheese adds is the delight of this meal.
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