Saturday, 16 August 2014
Spesh has been having a go at the cat for (allegedly) having a go at the new rug. It's a very opulently sculptured rug in pure wool. A few days ago she discovered that it says very clearly on the label on the bottom that it should not be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner but simply with a hand brush. Who does that nowadays? Anyway the cat has been exonerated. I think that not reading the manual is generally regarded as a man thing. That's what I'm told by my female friends anyway. Spesh is quite open about the fact that she's too impatient to read manuals. (and even more open now that I've written this!).
However it made me think that perhaps I should read the manual for the new microwave/convection oven and grill that I've just bought to replace my ageing microwave oven. It's amazing what one learns when one reads the manual. I never knew, for example, that you can use aluminium foil in a microwave to stop certain parts of something you are cooking from being overdone.
One of the reasons I bought it was to bake the occasional potato without having to put the main oven on for a single potato. I had rather hoped to be able with this splendid piece of equipment to produce a baked potato faster and more economically but with a nice fluffy inside and a well-cooked crispy skin. However the manual assumes that you will microwave your potato. That's quick but the skin is far from crisp. So I think that, despite being a good boy and reading the manual, it's still going to be down to experimentation for my perfect potato.
Do you read manuals? Now, come on, be honest.