21 September 2008

Sunday Lunch

Yippeee! I survived the Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding adventure nearly unscathed. I pulled it off! And it was damned good if I may say so myself. So, score one for the Clipside! It can be done. A Yankee Dame can in fact produce a credible and edible Sunday Lunch, complete with all the trimmings. And, I actually enjoyed the meal myself. And only sustained two minor burns in the process! Which brings me to ask what is up with British ovens, or should I say "cookers"? I mean were they all designed to be potential fire hazards looking for a place to happen, or is it just mine? I peruse the recipes on BBC Good Food, and they will say "Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 6." Which is of course as high as a British oven will go. And I think to myself, "You have got to be kidding." I mean, no one in the world cooks anything with the oven up as high as it will go. As a result, today, as I was making the roast, our fire alarm served double duty as a cooking timer. Thankfully, the only burning that occurred were injuries to my right hand and left forearm. 
Still, what victory comes without sacrifice?

4 comments:

Howard said...

> "Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 6." Which is of course as high as a British oven will go.

I'm puzzled as to why you say this. All gas ovens I've seen in this country go up to Gas Mark 9!

I really enjoy your blog!

Best wishes,

Howard

An American Girl in the UK said...

Gas Mark 9!?! My demon cooker only goes up to Gas Mark 6! :(

Howard said...

Gosh! Is the 6 perhaps an upside-down 9? Are you sure your cooker is installed the right way up (could be dangerous if not)? :-) Or maybe you shouldn't be doing hand-stands while cooking? :-) :-)

All the best,

Howard

An American Girl in the UK said...

Mystery solved -- the oven part of the cooker is Electric, not Gas. The hob part is gas. No wonder I'm confused!