Whew, it has been quite a week. I’m in the home-stretch of finishing the cookbook, which means things are a bit crazy around here!
1. To kick it off, I spilled coconut oil all over the bottom of my gas-burning oven.
I typically warm up my coconut oil by briefly placing it in the oven to melt, but this time around I was clumsy when reaching for the bowl with my oven mitt, and it spilled everywhere. So, I had to immediately turn off the oven to reduce the risk starting a grease fire, which also meant I had to take a break from working on any and all recipes that involved an oven. Not a great way to be productive!
Luckily, a good friend of mine manages a restaurant here in LA, and her chef was kind enough to give me some tips for cleaning oil out of an oven, to prevent a grease fire. First, you sprinkle Kosher salt all over the oil spill to help soak up some of the oil, and then you brush it out thoroughly. Then, you clean as much of the surface area that you can with a soapy sponge to help cut the grease, and wipe it down well. Finally, you keep baking soda on hand, just in case you still have a grease fire. (Baking soda helps smother the fire, since you can’t throw water on it.) The perk of spilling coconut oil in the oven is that it turns solid again at room temperature, so I was able to see any spots that I missed once the oven was cool enough.
The moral of the story? Don’t warm coconut oil inside your oven. (Placing it on top of a warm oven works just fine, it just takes a little longer.) And keep plenty of baking soda on hand at all times!
2. Once I had my oven under control, I realized that my blog wasn’t working.
When it rains, it pours.
After an hour-long phone call with customer service (with this cutie pie strapped to my chest during the whole call), I found out that the problem wasn’t an easy fix– it could take up to 24 hours for the tech team to figure out the issue. Blah!
They did finally manage to fix it, but I apologize for the site being down. I still use it to look up recipes all the time myself, so I know how frustrating it is when you can’t access them!
3. My kitchen is a disaster lately.
It’s already a very small space, but when you’re trying to develop 100 new recipes, it feels even smaller. You’re looking at all the counter space I have right there!
I’ve had to spread out into my dining room and living room when I have several recipes going at once, which looks pretty ridiculous.
I’ve even taken over our little guy’s MamaRoo– the perfect produce holder. Ha!
4. The only time I get all to myself is after 9 pm, which means I work on most of my recipes in the middle of the night.
This means I also have to taste-test pancakes at midnight. (This batch wasn’t a winner…) I can’t remember the last time I had a “normal” schedule, but I’m really looking forward to sleeping again. Or, at least as much sleep as you can expect to with a soon-to-be-teething baby.
5. It takes quite a while to perfect a recipe for the cookbook.
I think I’ve made 8 batches of granola bars this week alone! Luckily, the latest batch is pretty darn perfect, and most importantly, it can be stored at room temperature without getting soft.
It’s soooo hard not to share all of my creations with you all yet… but I hope it’ll be worth the wait!
Reader Feedback: What are you up to this week? Any kitchen disasters you want to share?