comatose ovens & crunchy crackers.

23 Jun

Those of you who follow me on twitter may have seen me whining about my oven being, well, defunct. It is true. And you can only imagine my devastation.

My best friend chalked it up to an overuse injury. But I told her that the prolonged periods of rest followed by short spurts of activity were meant to be interval training! And besides, it wasn’t anything I baked that caused the problem… You see, my oven took up smoking, and you know, smoking kills…

My mom baked a little tray of Trader Joe’s cinnamon bun-things for a get-together the other day and for one reason or another it left some residue at the bottom of the oven. I went to preheat it the next day to bake some cookies & I realized that my oven was smoking.

The logical next step was to try to make my oven come clean. But the clean cycle sadly left my oven nonresponsive, in a coma, if you will. It’s still displaying a little red “FO” (maybe for “eff off?”) and a sadly incorrect time, and NONE of the buttons work.

Fortunately there is another oven in my life… my toaster oven.

Hooray for the convection bake setting!

So when my dad scoured through the pantry and found nothing with which to eat his hummus (we’re clearing the pantry/fridge for a 10-day vacation), I was still able to oblige with some socca crackers courtesy of the lovely Ashley.

Actually, I first made these last week with my real oven, but had to make a batch today to use up the hummus… difficult life I lead.

Mine were a little different as I’m kind of stingy with my raw buckwheat groats… So I just used 1/2 cup of chickpea flour, 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and mixed it all up and sprinkled it with sea salt, then baked for awhile. Head to the real recipe here for better directions & pictures. :)

The recipe is delightfully simple and while mine aren’t as pretty as Ashley’s (but really, that’s damn near impossible) they were crispy and delicious and psuedo-cheesy. And I may or may not have licked up the batter. I have a thing for nooch. It’s a problem.

I was kind of curious about the nutritionals on these babies and found that if you make a half-batch with 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (extra nooch = love), it’s about 150 calories and 13.6 grams of protein and 6.4 grams of fiber. Not too shabby! I’ll definitely be stocking some garbanzo flour in my kitchen next year. :)

Oh, and the hummus?

Mission accomplished. :)

What do you do when you’re trying to clear out your pantry, etc? 

Ever dealt with a broken oven? 


15 Responses to “comatose ovens & crunchy crackers.”

  1. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons June 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I broke a microwave, my camera, pretty much everything I touch. annnnd sometimes I like to do really dumb things like fall asleep with the oven or stovetop on. yeah. I should be put in a bubble!

    good thinking with the socca crackers! these look and sound awesome girl!

    love you like woah!

  2. Jess June 23, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    When we’re in “leftover mode” I usually make a big salad and dump various things on it ;) Haha.

    LOVE sabra!!

  3. Rach @ This Italian Family June 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Oh wow, I’ve never heard of an oven doing that. Hopefully it just needs a day off and will be fine later, haha!

  4. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli June 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Bummer about the oven! Hope it gets fixed soon! You can only fit so many cookies in a toaster oven at once, you know! ;)

    I make clean out the fridge salads or grain bowls all the time using up hummus and veggies that are on their last legs…hmm, veggies with legs…now that’s kinda scary to think about!

  5. keepnthefaith June 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    Oh gosh this looks so good. I seriously love crackers so much though, I’m pretty sure they’d be gone within 2 minutes

  6. Emily June 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about your oven!
    Those crackers look awesome though! :)

  7. Amanda @ Running with Spoons June 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    Haha! I seriously LOL’d at the oven interval training thing. Brilliant :D

    Sorry to hear that the poor guy is out of commission, though :( I’ve never had to deal with a busted oven, but it would probably make me die a little bit inside. No cookies? No pizza? No baked sweet potatoes?! I would feel worse for ya, but you’re a lucky little bugger and going on vacation :P

    When I’m trying to clear out my pantry, I throw everything in a big bowl and hope for the best haha.

  8. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    My oven broke twice last year. Once it just wouldn’t turn on, and the second time I melted plastic in it and it took a few days to clean out. I never realized how dependent I am on it until it doesn’t work!

  9. Tara June 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    I love the intro paragraph. You are too funny. The window on my oven broke, but luckily we have a top and bottom oven so we could use the bottom one. It was annoying over christmas break when we were making batches upon batches of cookies though.
    I actually love when I have something to use up and need to find a way to use it. I try to find something new to try every time! It happens with bananas all the time. Just another excuse to bake!

  10. Smore June 24, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Well, I’ve never dealt with a broken oven but whenever I’m trying to clear out my pantry I usually just eat a bunch of leftovers.. I need to start getting creative though!

  11. Christine @ Merf In Progress June 24, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I’m not very creative when it comes to clearing out my pantry. Usually things get tossed. :(

  12. Lauren @ WWoB June 24, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    Those crackers look and sound great! I havent delved into the socca world.. but I know I need to.

    When the oven is broken, I get miffed. It makes me want to bake even MORE.

  13. Carlyn June 24, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    whenever my dad puts the oven on the clean cycle, it’s locked for almost the whole day! It gets the temperature up SUPER high to get rid of all the mess inside so it locks itself so no one tries to do something stupid :P
    Don’t you just love convection toaster ovens? They make the BEST cookies!

  14. katshealthcorner June 25, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    My microwave, air conditioner, washer, refrigerator, computers, lights, etc have all at one time died on me…… It wasn’t very fun. But I survived. :)

  15. thecookieboss July 1, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Hey there! Awesome blog!

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