Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

This week’s, now last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is/was “Broken”

Why has Piglet posted a boring picture of her oven?
Why has Piglet posted a boring picture of her oven?

(I should have removed the greasy fingerprints from the oven door BEFORE taking the photo!)

I trawled through my photographs for over an hour looking for inspiration as to a suitable photo for this weeks now last week’s photo challenge “Broken”


The photo I wanted to use was nowhere to be found (mental note: reorganise photo files) and I’d given up hope! Now, as they say, be careful what you wish for because during this time I’d also turned on the oven to cook dinner. Yes you know what’s coming next.

Grrrrrr the pigging oven turned itself off. It was BROKEN, Kaput!

Why now?

Frustrated, I fiddled with all the oven controls (as you do) praying I had inadvertently set it to timer. No such luck! After further knob twiddling and button pushing I resigned myself to the fact that my oven was indeed broken.

Under normal circumstances I would have just shrugged it off, but tonight was a “special night” – I’d finally picked my Rhubarb which I’d been growing for two years and my long-awaited Rhubarb Crumble was now destined for the freezer instead of the oven!

No Rhubarb Crumble for Piglet!
No Rhubarb Crumble for Piglet!


We immediately called an appliance engineer however, trying to make yourself understood in pigeon Portuguese on the telephone is nigh on impossible. I “think” an engineer is coming next week. We will see!

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    1. Hi Mandi, No not seen that! What a rip off 😦

      Custard, I cheat at buy Bird’s instant custard from Iceland .) or bring it back from me when i’m in the UK.
      However, I’ve started using Maizina cornflour which is great for making white sauce without lumps! I’m debating trying to use it for custard.


  1. In case you don’t get your oven fixed – the portuguese word for rhubarb is ruibarbo – and Google translate will give a dandy audio version so you can say it right! 🙂


    1. So am I, but they were Portuguese holiday makers next door, about 12 of them! My poor crumble would have been like the parable of the loaves and the fishes, but without the miracle. Besides can you imagine going to a Portuguese person, who does not speak English, ask if I can use their oven and then take back the pie once it’s cooked! Nah, it would have appeared rude 😳 I would not even begin to work out the English/Portuguese translation on that one LOL 🙂
      Can you just imagine what they would say once they returned home to their friends and family 🙂 Just thinking about it makes my curls curl in embarrasment 🙂


  2. So sorry to read about your oven and crumble, but, as always, your presentation of the story makes me smile. I suspect your rhubarb crumble will be scrumptious, cooked in your new or repaired oven one of these days.


  3. Hope your “engineer” comes soon, it´s so frustrating not having an appliance working properly. Four years ago about 9 months after moving in to our house, and just before the arrival of our first visitors from Portugal for Christmas, our oven stopped working. I quickly searched ebay for a cheap replacement. The size of the oven was different from the previous one so we had a big hole around the oven but anyway it went on working until we renovated the kitchen last December when it was thrown away. I just bought rhubarb today, hope I can wait for your recipe.


  4. Oh no. So sorry about the oven and the rhubarb crumble. Disappointing.

    I have stainless steel appliances too, and they can be a nuisance to keep shiny and bright. Mostly I ignore it until company is coming, (or I decide to take a photo of my stove, I suppose.)


  5. Sorry about your oven, PiP. I was tasting that Rhubarb Crumble too! My oven is still inconsistent, even though my friend “fixed” it. I’ll write about it sometime. As for speaking on the phone….my Spanish is improving. Instead of being terrified by “phoning,” now I’m only slightly hesitant.


  6. Well shucks, I just hate it that your oven is broken. That is so frustrating! I think you deserve to make your rhubarb crumble after 2 years. Wow, you must have the patience of a saint. I didn’t know it took so long to grow. Your rhubarb is really pretty. Great job, Farmer Pip. Great post too. 🙂


  7. Oh no!

    Good luck with the engineer coming next week. Phone conversations are the worst in a foreign language – my phone German is terrible.

    Really hope it’s fixed soon.


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