Ilivetolearn's Blog

March 20, 2006

magic on and off

Filed under: food/groceries,on the road,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 3:22 pm

We often remark that our oven is too smart for its own good…it turns itself off if some mysterious threshold of overheating is reached. This makes baking the aforementioned pies a challenge. I basically have to babysit baked goods by sitting within earshot of the oven to make sure it keeps doing its job. At least it’s just a matter of turning it back on at times.

The ceramic cooktop has an even more annoying safety feature…it stops functioning if some water drips in the wrong place or if the control panel gets overheated—an event that accompanies every attempt on my part to make “tortilla,” (which here in Spain is a potato omelette requiring much frying and flipping). Sometimes there are warning flashes and beeps; other times it just goes blank and you don’t even realize you are no longer cooking. Either way, it won’t just go back on like a good appliance…it needs to recuperate. To which I say, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!”

In the car, we often tune in to the all-news station run by Radio Nacional de España. There is a mute button we use if we are conversing or otherwise not interested in the news. Well, this radio somehow knows when the traffic report is about to begin…and un-mutes itself. Suddenly we will be hearing about the M30 without any dial-fiddling. This is startling, to say the least. Creepy, even. How does it know we are in a car and need to hear about traffic? And can we set it to do auto-weather instead?

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