"What should we do????"
"I think you're not supposed to use water, in case of electrical fire."
We all stand around, looking with interest as the small flame does not go out all by itself. We switch off the plug, and pull it out. The flame gets bigger.
"Well. Water it is, then."
I pick the whole contraption up with a hand towel, drop it into the (fortunately empty) sink, and turn the water on. Much hissing and sizzling and popping ensues. It was an el-cheapo model, bought the week we arrived to fuel our constant sandwich requirements so its demise was inevitable. But FIRE?
"Rats, I wanted another sandwich."
So, we trawled the internet for amazing, super-duper sandwich makers which do not catch fire, and we now own a Breville Panini maker! It looks really good, and we will be trying it out this evening: Sandwiches for supper!
"This looks like a really good one, guys... TOTALLY FOOLPROOF," I said. "Let's not mess it up!"
"WE? Need one that's genius-proof."
To prove that we are not COMPLETE fools, we also purchased a kitchen fire extinguisher and another smoke alarm. What if we had gone out, and not noticed the little flame??? OH my God.