September 15th, 2008

Happiness is an Oven

I bought a small electric oven yesterday to replace a built-in wall oven that stopped functioning a decade ago.


I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really cook. I do, however, love to bake.  I used to bake regularly – breads, cakes, biscuits, pies – nothing was too time consuming or difficult. If something caught my fancy at the supermarket or bakery, I’ll find/create a recipe to bake it at home. By the time I was 14, I had perfected my own torte recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie

About 10 years ago, my oven stopped working. I got someone over to fix it but after a few weeks, the oven died again. I got someone else to fix it but he said it was beyond repair. From then on, I’ve wanted to get the oven replaced but never took the initiative. Weeks became months and months became years and years became a whole decade and baking became a distant memory, something I used to do.

The topic of ovens came back recently when after mentioning to a friend that I’d bake a oatmeal cookie RIGHT NOW, if only I had an oven, she burst into of hysterical laughter and said something like “yeah, like you would do such a thing”. I asked her what she meant by that and she said that I don’t come across as someone who’d attempt to fry an egg, much less bake, and besides if I really loved baking, I would’ve just got an oven instead of dreaming about it. I tried to convince her that I do indeed bake (she wasn’t convinced) but she was right about one thing – there’s no reason for me not to get something that would make me happy.

I finally decided to get an oven yesterday. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about oven-shopping, or rather with the prospect of jumping back into something I used to enjoy. Will I still be in love with it? What if I’ve lost my baking mojo? What if the real reason why I did not replace my oven earlier was because I didn’t really care about baking anymore?


I made two batches of oatmeal cookies within half an hour of getting my oven yesterday. Today I’m making chocolate chip cookies. And yes, I’m very happy :)

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Congratulations on a new oven!! The anxiety we all feel from time to time when revisiting our passions from the past is natural, at least I think of it this way. It's like meeting an old friend or a flame after a very long while - you both changed, but did your feelings and memories of each other do just the same? Anyways, long live your new oven! :)
anya  at 10:08 am on September 15, 2008
Enjoy the new oven. And, by the way, I'll be knocking on your door shortly. I could really go for some oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies. Okay, I know. My plans to come over and grab some of your cookies are, well, half-baked.
Christopher Waldrop  at 9:32 am on September 16, 2008
Ooooo,send some of those cookies! I used to like to bake, but got lazy after the kids grew up.
Pentad  at 9:44 pm on September 16, 2008

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