It's the little things. And this little things is a big deal..
|Banana Date Bread - First Baking session in two years and first ever successful bread|
I have an oven!
You don't know what you've got until its gone and for me the oven was gone for two whole years. It got to the stage that I was salivating a little too much over eating baked potato at restaurants.
Indian kitchens are not equip with ovens because Indian meals are prepared either on a stove top or in a tandoori oven. A built-in, gas or electric oven always features in Australian kitchens. Aussies use ovens for roasts, pasta bakes, pies, cakes and biscuits and usage peaks during Christmas season for making the roast dinner, gingerbread men and a pudding (hence my quest to find oven-less Christmas recipes this year).
We were planning on buying an oven next year but then a few days before Christmas our friends kindly passed on their portable oven to us as they had upgraded to a bigger one! I got over-excited and pumped out three cakes, two roasts and two pasta bakes in the space of 48 hours. Admittedly, that was slight overkill. But I did find out that this beauty bakes more evenly than most built-in varieties.
|Quite proud of my first attempt|
Owning an oven in Mumbai is exciting for another reason. I will never make Indian curries as good as Ratnesh's family but the oven is my familiar territory. Perhaps I finally have some way of giving to them something that I make with my own hands and that they will enjoy. For this reason and with a new appreciation for the wonder of ovens, I might just be baking more throughout 2013 than I ever would living in Australia.