Throwback of the House: No Nukes for Cakes
|Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia Commons|
I remember my family's first microwave oven. It was 1980, and the first thing my dad cooked was a few slices of bologna.
For ten minutes.
No wonder I view microwaves as machines of destruction instead of a modern convenience. My microwave is stashed under the wet bar in my basement, handy for occasions when guests come to my house, get drunk and want to blow shit up.
In 1979, Toshiba wanted to convince cooks that the microwave wasn't just for making marshmallows get really, really big. They published Everyday Microwave Cooking for Everyday Cooks in hopes of convincing folks that microwaved bouillabaise was a good idea.
According to the engineers at Toshiba, I could take blueberry muffin mix, prepare it according to the instructions on the package, add a teaspoon of instant coffee crystals, nuke it for ten minutes, top it with cinnamon and sugar and have a brunch-worthy dish.
Microwaved blueberry coffee cake smells a lot like the time I set fire to my hair, and who doesn't love to wake up to that smell?