Yesterday our oven began to emit the kind of beep that’s meant to alert us to imminent doom. The oven door locked up and the display panel showed us a code that translates, essentially, "Don’t even think about using me to make dinner." It has done this before; specifically, last year at just about this time. Wait, it must have happened after Thanksgiving. But definitely by December, we had no oven, and because we were unwilling to cough up the (over) $400.00 it would cost to fix it, went without said oven for several weeks. Finally, after we lived through my winter break without the oven, we gave in and had it fixed. So the bad news….. no oven at the moment. The possibly good news…. it’s within a year of having it fixed, and if it is THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM, it’s under warranty. Of course, only a service call will tell us for sure….
The even better news was that dinner did not depend upon the existence of an oven. It was this Brazilian Black Bean and Portobello Mushroom Stew. Which was DELICIOUS! Of course, we didn’t have all the ingredients…. well, we had most of them. The main ingredient we did not have was TVP. What we did have was a package of Butler Soy Curls, a gift from Andrea. Thank you, Andrea! Topping this stew (which was served on rice) we find the last of the parsley Claudia gave us a week or so ago, and some steamed vegetables. Yum!!!
The appliance repair guy is coming on Friday.
Oh, and here is the recipe for the stew that I followed, and it’s taken from Taste Space.