now we're cooking with gas
Oh yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. We have the ability to cook things now! Yeaaaaaahhhhhh!!!! We made our first stovetop meal last night (my famous spaghetti and meatballs) and gazed lovingly at our new appliances. I used to be afraid of gas burners (and I'm still not keen about the idea of an open flame inside my house) and never had one myself. After using them at Paul's house for a year, I've been converted. There is absolutely nothing better - you can control the heat with much more precision and you don't have to wait ages for it to heat up and cool down. Love love love our new hob.
Now here's something I never thought about before today - why don't we have toaster ovens in the UK? My Mom mentioned them to me in an email recently, and I realised that I've never seen them here. My toaster oven was essential when I first left home. I lived in a university dorm that only allowed toasters (and thus, toaster ovens) and kettles in our rooms, so we lived on toasted sandwiches and things involving hot water. I also had a kettle with a large lid you could open, so that it could be used almost like a regular pot. I must have made 100 boxes of Kraft Dinner in that thing. By the way, I love that picture of the toaster oven above. Like you could cook a pot roast in one of those things! Yes, if it was the size of an ice cube tray.
And finally, here are some "during" pictures from our adventures in DIYland. More pics coming soon!