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Long live the microwave

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sunday

OPINION: For the last three weeks, I have been living a microwaveless existence.

Housesitting over summer in Auckland's CBD has been pleasant enough, bar the shimmering heat and early morning roadworks. But the apartment, which has a gas cooker, a whistling kettle, one of those mouth-wateringly hip Smeg fridges, and a Soda Stream the colour of a December sky, lacks one modern appliance that usually makes my life worth living.

My love for the microwave is a long-standing source of mild scorn for those who know me well. It is a scorn born of ignorance, for if the masses knew what the microwave was truly capable of, they'd realise life without one was unfathomable.

At home, I can often be found hovering in the kitchen, awaiting the harmonious beep that signals all is right with the world.

A favourite #lifehack is to use the microwave to cook kumara. Stab it frenziedly all over with a sharp thing such as a knife and bung it in the 'wave for five to 10 minutes, and you have yourself a tuber that's chewy and fragrant on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside: the perfect foundation from which to craft a lovely lunch.

Or, chop it up, put the chunks in a vaguely microwave proof bowl with a splash of water from the tap. Pop another bowl on top to form a precarious sphere. 'Wave for five minutes and throw the kumara into your vege curry or whatever.

I know you can buy vessels specially designed to optimise one's microwaving experience, but I prefer to take a No. 8 Wire-type approach. The whole meal will be ready in 15 minutes including prep time, rather than hours in which everything else goes mushy and the kumara remains hard as rock.

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