A short while before Christmas, my combination microwave went up in a puff of smoke – quite literally. There was no actual fire, but a smell of burning, and a minor temporary smog.
I immediately unplugged it, and it has been sitting in the corner waiting for an opportune time to take it to the tip.
I started looking around for a replacement, but I am beginning to question whether I need to. I used to find a microwave really useful – especially when I was travelling a lot for work, getting home late, and wanting to fix something quick for tea/supper. However, my work pattern has changed such that that seldom happens now, and I almost always have time to cook. As cooking good fresh ingredients is supposedly the core of my diet, if anything, the microwave is now in the way; as it provided a lazy option to “pop over to Tescos and get something quick”.
Over Christmas, I have done without it, and I have found I have cooked proper meals a lot more as a result – I have almost finished my Christmas vegetable box, apart from a swede and some potatoes.
A couple of times I have missed the microwave when I wanted to defrost something out of my freezer, but that is just lack of planning.
So I am considering not replacing it, and putting the money towards my new gas cooker instead;getting a twin oven model, where I can use the smaller oven to cook economically for one. It will also free up a large corner of top space – the steamer and bread machine can take its place, and so will probably get used more.
Besides, let’s face it – where does the really tasty food come from – the microwave, or the gas cooker, bbq, or slow cooker? I think I know the answer to that!