I haven’t written in over a week, but it’s really not my fault. I’ve been trying. I even stuck my head in the oven but to no avail.
There’s a legal concept called “chain of causation” by which a person who appears to be at fault can prove that a chain of events lined up to create the situation…thus removing the fault from the individual.
Here’s what happened this weekend when I tried to write a post.
Last month, I got a copy of 40th anniversary update of “The Moosewood Cookbook” from a publisher in exchange for an honest review. And you can’t review a cookbook without trying some of the recipes, right? So I found the recipe with the fewest ingredients, one that barely took up half a page. French Onion Soup. YUM.
I bought the onions…last month.
Then life happened.
So by the time I got around to trying the recipe, the onions had started to pursue their dream of starting a family, sprouting green shoots that were heading for the sunny window. OK.
So I picked a different recipe…something bakish because I actually had yeast. Again, I checked for a recipe that had fewest ingredients, short instructions, no trips to Williams-Sonoma for special equipment. Focaccia! YUM.
But baking….problematic. Lately, anytime I try to get the oven over 300 degrees, the smoke alarm goes off (thanks to some apple pies, pizzas, and malaise).
I can’t have the smoke alarm going off because my baby hates loud, sudden noises.
By this point, how can I write a blog post without putting my son’s emotional stability at risk? Time to clean my oven.
Historically, I only clean the oven when I’m moving and the security deposit depends on a shiny oven. I’ve lived here since 2003. You do the math.
Soooooo…instead of using the self-cleaning function, I got myself some Easy-Off to really tackle the grime.
Spent so long cleaning the oven that I ran out of time to let the dough rise…so no focaccia. (Am I even spelling that right?)
BUT! Progress. Clean oven, week ahead of me…surely I can knock out some focaccia.
Turn the oven on Monday and it makes a strange beeping noise and flashes F4 on the panel.
After a little Googling of “Kenmore oven F4 error message,” I discover that I’ve got a broken temperature sensor.
Ohhhh…that’s what that long spiky thing was that I was wiggling around while cleaning the grime. Ah.
See how long this chain is and we ain’t nary closer to focaccia or a blog post?
This is why nothing ever seems to get DONE around here. Set off in one direction with a plan and pfffffffffft. I trip all over the great Chain of Causation.
P.S. – While I was cleaning the oven, someone clogged up a toilet and that cost us another $403. I would drown my feelings in carbs, but…FOCCACHIT.