For Valentine's Day SeaBass gave me a Garland gas stove.
Actually it wasn't really for Valentine's Day. SeaBass knew a guy who had this stove to get rid of and it just so happened that it was delivered to me on that most false of holidays.
Today I took the first of what it appears will be many steps to clean my present and make it again the culinary beauty it once was.
I did not know that so much grease could accumulate on one surface.
I felt like I was in a movie with a creature rising from the black ooze in front of me.
Mostly I was frightened. I continue to be frightened.
You see, this stove comes via a restaurant kitchen. An actual public eatery. Some people paid to eat food that was cooked on this horror show of an appliance.
I don't know what restaurant it was. I don't know who the chef might have been.
I do know that when you add lemon scented cleaner to the aromas of stale grease you get an overwhelming perfume of lemon fish.
I pray to the Ontario Public Health Units. I pray to Gordon Ramsay in all his Kitchen Nightmare Glory. I pray that whoever is responsible for that mess is no longer serving the public in any food related form.
And I think it might be some time before I feel safe in a restaurant again.