Пятница (PYAHT-nee-tsuh): Friday in Russian
My microwave died last week. It's above our stove and it seems to work, but it doesn't heat anything any more. It's not the end of the world, I certainly know how to cook on a stove top. Sure, it's a little more inconvenient to heat my hot chocolate in a sauce pan, or heat leftovers in a sauce pan on the stove. What I didn't realize, was how often I use my microwave while I cook until it wasn't available.
I made Chicken Broccoli Casserole for The Artist's birthday because it's one of his favorites. But, I couldn't cook the chicken in the microwave, I had to boil it on the stove. I had to melt the butter for the bread crumb topping on the stove.
We'd had Chili and Rice for dinner earlier in the week and I couldn't reheat it in the microwave, I had to heat it over the stove. The Doctor just ate his rice cold.
We have so many convenient gadgets and tools at our disposal in the kitchen that it got me thinking: what couldn't I live without? And my answer? Pretty much a functioning stove/oven, a fridge/freezer and basic cooking utensils. Oh, I could use a spoon or fork if I didn't have a whisk, but it would be hard to cook without a couple of pots and pans and a baking dish or two. I wouldn't even need a peeler if I had a knife. A rubber spatula is a need, but I could simply use a spoon if it was all I had.
What can't you live without in your kitchen?
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