I’ve had this hankering for pumpkin cheesecake for several weeks. Finally, on Sunday, I made a simple recipe using ingredients that I can eat, such as non-dairy cream cheese made from soy and xylitol in place of sugar.
I preheated the oven to 375 degrees and after a few minutes I started to smell something funny, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it until my wife (I think) mentioned that she smelled something funny, too.
I finally opened the oven door and made an unpleasant discovery.
We got a new dishwasher last week, and before our landlord came over to install it, my wife had unloaded the dishwasher into the oven because the old one had to be removed. She told me she had done it, but I didn’t remember when I turned the oven on. We both just forgot about it.
There were great gobs of blue and red plastic at the bottom of the oven. And a caustic smell. We had to open the kitchen window for a while, even though it was pretty cold outside. I was pretty disappointed to discover this when I was about to pop two pies into the oven.
So what did I learn from the experience?
1. Look in the oven before preheating it. Even though you think the gun isn’t loaded, it is always best to assume it is. That applies to ovens too now.
2. It is great to have kind friends. I couldn’t cook the pies but some friends were perfectly happy to let me bake the pies in their oven. Phew. I was really looking forward to having that cheesecake. Which we did.
3. If you don’t give up, things always work out. Always.
4. What looks like a tragedy one moment looks hilarious a few days (or even hours) later.
The moral of the story: Look before you bake.