Baby it’s Cold Inside

We thought there had been a disaster this morning. We woke up to find the Rayburn stone cold, our only means of cooking transformed into a useless lump of iron. It had had a bit of a hiccup on Saturday, but had still been, just, alight, and it had returned to normal when we turned the oil up. Today, though, it was completely out. The other half lit it and it has come back up to temperature but this will have to serve as a Dire Warning: we need to provide ourselves with a backup. Of course, this is exactly what we said after it gave us trouble in May, and what we said on Saturday too, and at intervals in between, normally when it’s making a strange chugging noise or otherwise causing concern. But then it rights itself, and the matter becomes less pressing, and we don’t. Besides, what can we get? I’m not buying a whole cooker just for the few days when the Rayburn’s playing up. I’m leaning towards an electric frying pan at the moment, if such a thing can still be found. It was amazing what we could cook on mine back when I was a student.

Or maybe we’ll just talk about it for a while and then forget about it till the next time. That wouldn’t surprise me in the least…

5 Responses to Baby it’s Cold Inside

  1. Autolycus says:

    From the depths of my memory the words Baby Belling come to mind. And someone once gave me a portable electric hob-plate thingy, which amounts to much the same thing. Or even a microwave?

  2. Dom says:

    Microwave? George Foreman grill? Gas camping stove? Pot noodle? 😀

  3. disgruntled says:

    Yeah, I’m not a huge fan of microwaves ever since the one in our our first rented flat when our landlady recommended we stand outside the kitchen when it was on, ‘because it might leak a bit’. Possibly a grill or a portable hotplate…

  4. 2whls3spds says:

    Electric skillet gets my vote…I have actually baked stuff in mine using the indirect method. I also have a single eye burner and the Baby George grill. Seldom use a microwave. They are too bulky to haul around the countryside from motel to motel.


  5. disgruntled says:

    Right, well that’s what we’ve gone for … let’s see how it goes

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