Think Kit Day 14: Did you get any good advice or learn a valuable lesson this year? Was it expected or unexpected, easy or tough?
Say you’re baking bread. Say you’re using this no-knead method from Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day. Say that the recipe calls you to place a pan in the oven while you preheat it. Then you pour water into the heated pan when you put the bread in to bake on the baking stone. Don’t swap out the metal pan specified in the recipe for a glass lasagna dish!
The reason for this is that the glass dish will explode in your face when you pour water into it. Fortunately, it’s made of some weird glass so it explodes in a relatively civilized fashion. And you wear glasses that protect your eyes.
Still, the noise is loud. It’s like a gunshot. And the glass goes everywhere. You have to pull the oven out from the wall to clean behind it. This in a house built in 1885. You didn’t want to see what was back there. And then you have to unscrew the bottom of the oven and lift it off to find the glass that weaseled down into the vents. It’s all so intimate. And you’re so tired. You haven’t been sleeping.
The noise, though. That exploding dish. The crack. It was such a shock and it stays with you for days — along with a feeling of lightness. It’s like the explosion took a part of you and destroyed it. The part that believed you were a monster. It blew up, it blew up. And then you cleaned the oven and made some bread.