“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk about what it’s like to live in Japan. It’s a place where I can share strange, funny, or interesting stories. Sometimes it is a bit personal or random, but I hope you will find it interesting to learn what it is like to live in Japan.
You’re in Japan. You want to make cookies. But…you don’t have an oven. What do you do?
You try and make them in your toaster oven! The old toaster oven you picked up for free from someone else who was leaving Japan. The toaster oven that they even bought second hand from a recycle shop. You make mediocre cookies and end up eating the rest of the dough raw because it’s easier.
How many times has this happened to you? What? Never? Only me?
I have posted several times about my lack of oven and my journeys in cake and cookie building without it. With my new rice cooker, I have been able to make a carrot cake and a lemon cake, but I don’t think I can make cookies in it. A toaster oven doesn’t quite cut it either, and while it’s not impossible to make cookies in a toaster oven, it is far too time-consuming. It feels like I’m babysitting the little dough balls.
Well, after five and half years without an oven or a microwave (and me almost ruining our toaster oven by spilling melted butter all over the bottom), my husband and I finally decided to buy one. So we went to the store, found a few that were too expensive, and then checked Amazon instead. We decided on a nice new microwave oven. Though I’m calling it an actual oven and not just a microwave. It can make everything that a regular oven can. And It can also heat up frozen butter to room temperature without melting it.
It arrived in the morning, and before even setting it up, I got to work making some more cookie dough. I wanted to be ready for my cookie making adventures.
I waited until my husband came home from work to let him read the instructions and set it up, so I wouldn’t break anything. We had originally thought to put it on top of the fridge, but that turned out to not be a great idea. So while we wait for a little stand to be delivered in the next few days, it is happily sitting on the cardboard box it came in.
And yes, I did pop some cookies in it as soon as we plugged it in. And yes, they turned out like normal cookies. Whereas before I could only make six cookies at a time, now I can make 24. I feel like we finally have a normal kitchen. *cries tears of joy*
It’s a bit small for an oven compared to the ones in Canada. But you know what, maybe ovens in Canada are too big. This one is nice and compact, fits in my little apartment, and doesn’t heat up a bunch of empty space inside the oven. It was only Y26,000. And it’s not like we need to cook any turkeys or anything like that.
I don’t know how to take pretty photos of ovens, so here is an average photo:
Isn’t it pretty?!
Leave a comment below telling me about some of your kitchen struggles. What appliances have you had to do without, and how did you improvise?
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