Today, we had some friends of ours visiting from Australia - or is it England, or maybe even the USA...
You see, the guy is from Malaysia but working in Australia. His wife is from USA and living in Australia with him. However, they are both back in Malaysia for a visit en route to London as he is going to work there now. So complicated.
I had decided to make some Brownies for tea and whipped up the batter, poured it into the pan and was about to put it into the oven when I noticed that the oven light wasn't on. I have the kind of oven where the light stays on as soon as the oven is set to any temperature. I felt the door of the oven and it was warm but somehow didn't feel as warm as it should
Aaarrghhh!! I quickly ran to the fuse box to check the ELCB and the fuse. All were okay. There was electrical supply as the television was working. I ran back to the kitchen and swapped power sockets and tried the oven again but the light still didn't turn on. I started to have a little bit of an anxiety attack - not so much over the possibility that I might not be able to serve brownies but more because I feared that I would have to replace my oven, and I have gotten rather attached to this oven that I have owned for more than 10 years.
Then a light clicked on inside of my head. My Engineering training took over and I quickly realised that I should troubleshoot instead of just assuming the oven was on the blink.
I opened the oven door and looked at the element. Then I turned to dial to the rotisserie setting and I heard the rumbling noise of the rotisserie motor turning. I turned the dial to the grill setting and wathced as the element turned red. Yes! The oven was still working. It was the blasted light that had died on me.
I quickly shoved the cake pan in and let it bake. I then grabbed a torchlight and used it to peer into the oven to check on the cake. This is where I realised how valuable a light INSIDE the oven is!
Anyway, the brownies baked up really well, everyone enjoyed them and when the oven cooled, I unscrewed the light bulb and found that it had in fact fused.
Now I just have to go find a place that sells replacement oven bulbs that are rated to withstand temperatures of 300C. Valuable lesson learnt too. Always keep a cool head and remember that just because the light goes off, that doesnt mean that the whole machine has stopped working...