I just found a cookie in our oven.
Well, it was a cookie once, or since it’s a UK oven, maybe it was a biscuit. Either way, by the time I found it, it was a cookie-shaped lump of carbon.
You might not think it terribly odd for a cookie to go rogue – make a daring escape off the back of the baking tray and land in the back of the oven. Out of the proverbial pan and into the, um, convection wind tunnel.
In general I’d agree with you. What makes this ex-cookie interesting is that we haven’t made cookies in the 5 months we’ve lived here.
We use the oven pretty frequently, and it’s never smelled like burning cookie, so I guess this cookie was missed in the so-called professional deep clean of the kitchen before we took residence.
The cookie discovery was prompted by an inventory of our cooking supplies in advance of (American) Thanksgiving. We’re going to attempt to feed 9 people out of an oven the size of a shoe box and a 24” wide four element cook top.
To be fair, the kitchen fixtures in our flat are fairly “bog standard” – and in many London flats they’re all you could squeeze in. But our kitchen is actually surprisingly large. It’s (much) bigger than the kitchen in our Seattle townhouse, and actually larger than the kitchen in our previous house, in the Seattle suburbs. So I figure the kitchen has standard fittings because it’s a rental, and the owner has little incentive to spend money on nice things their tenants are unlikely to take care of.
So normal fixtures, but still, 9 people…
It promises to be entertaining.
Once Thanksgiving is in the rear view, we’ll start to figure out Christmas. This will be the first year since 2012 (our first year in Luxembourg) that we’ve been “home” for Christmas, since then we’ve been in Europe for markets and spent the holiday with good friends (and incredibly accommodating hosts) in south east London. This year my sister, brother-in-law and niece are coming to London. High on the list of questions will be “how does one get a Christmas Tree home on the tube?”
But for now, to all the American recipients of this message, here’s wishing you a very happy thanksgiving.