When I was living with my roommates in college, I often complained about how bad our stove was (seriously, 15 minutes to boil a pot of water NOT EXAGGERATING). But now I may have met an even worse enemy: an electric stove in Tajikistan.
Now, many of problems may just because it's electric (seriously, how you make an incompetent cook more incompetent reason #2: give him an electric stove when he's used to a gas stove) but oh boy.
Here was the plan: roast some garlic/oil in a pan, throw in pasta sauce after roasting and heat the sauce up a little.
Here is how it went down: throw some garlic in a pan. Wait FOREVER while it was on low setting. Garlic doesn't roast. Turn up to the medium setting. BOOM GARLIC IS ROASTING AND BURNING. Okay. So then it's like. I know I can't add the sauce to the pan while it's this hot... so I turned off the burner and moved the pot off it for a few minutes. Finally think it's cool enough to add the sauce, and I do, and then it's like. Instantly burned sauce. Awesome.
|It's that electric-tea-pot-kettle-thing!|
At the end of the day I end up with this pretty perfectly done pasta and miserable sauce. Actually I'm still not convinced it's sauce, but I took one of my Russian speaking friends to the store and they assure me it's pasta sauce... not buying it. It also has a bit of a burnt flavor. Weird.
|"Tomatnaya Pasta" doesn't in fact appear to be Tomato Pasta|
Anyone have any good recipes for homemade Italian dressing?
On a positive note I did manage to find cheddar cheese (which ACTUALLY tastes pretty good)-- now the issue is finding bread that is good for grilled cheese (shout out to FeelGood!). I also successfully made iced (okay not iced... cold) tea. I know you're thinking "But, really how do you mess that up?" A victory is a victory, my friends. However small.
*MOTS is an internet acronym that I would like to popularize. I know it's awesome. So you're welcome.
|Yeah, I only knew it was cheddar because it said so in English. So what!?|