Thursday, September 11, 2008

Eavesdropping in Cairo

The following is an actual conversation I overheard earlier this evening in Zamalek.

“How do you get her started?”

“The bigger one doesn’t work. You have to use the small one.”

“But I can’t figure out which hole it to put it into. I just keep putting it in all the holes.”

“Put it in the one in the middle. It always works. Just don’t use the big one. It won’t take.”

Just to be clear, we were discussing how to ignite our gas ovens. Despite first impressions, it won’t start automatically like the burners do, while the long lighter we were given by the Institution isn’t the best method for ignition. Matches, I learned on Friday, are far more useful.

Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.


Anonymous said...

Well, did you make dinner or not?

Connie said...

Now the trick will be to find out what the oven temps actually are, as opposed to what is written on the dial.

Sounds like you have the same type of oven that I did in the UK. Does it have a funky grill/toaster/thingy in an extension over the stovetop? It was hell getting used to it. And the oven was small (No turkey, only Thanksgiving chickens). But, I actually missed the quirky thing when we left. Toast has never been the same...