Lighting an oven in Argentina is no easy task. But thankfully, Allie Lazar is here to help.
By Allie Lazar
Lighting an oven in Argentina is no easy task. I bet you have never even considered this notion before, as you are
probably asking yourself what’s so damn difficult about turning on an oven?! You press a button, select your temperature, and voila, easy as (defrosting-a-store-bought) pie! But if only things were that simple… Here in Argentina it’s very common to have an older model gas oven – the kind that works in mysterious ways – where you need to manually strike a match, hold down a dial, and patiently wait until the flames stick. So, in order to help any of you amateur stove-turner-on-ers acclimate to a new feisty oven, just follow these ten not-so-easy steps in your attempt to turn on your oven:
- Light a match.
- Stick your hand into the gas chamber while simultaneously holding down the dial on the top of the stove.
- Close your eyes otherwise they will be burned by toxic gases.
- Re-do steps 1-3 because the inflamed match is about to set your finger on fire.
- See step 4.
- Triumph! Success! Once the oven is lit… oh wait, no.. it’s not. See step 4 again.
- OK, now you see a little flame, remember to hold down the dial for 1 minute and wait for the flame to stick.
- 60 seconds up! Ready to baaake.. nope. False alarm. Flame didn’t stick.
- Repeat 1-8 because you take your hand off the dial prematurely.
*Disclaimer: Once you successfully turn on your oven, it will have two temperatures: off or full blast hell-like demon flames.
Allie Lazar is a freelance eater based out of Buenos Aires, Argentina. An ex-vegetarian born and raised in Chicago, she managed to channel her unhealthy obsession for all things culinary into something a bit more socially acceptable: writing about food and wine. She's always hungry.