|Offering of bananas, rice, food and incense on the stove.|
It seems the kitchen spirits had a different idea. When I returned a little later in the morning, I found Sun (the cook) sweeping up charred bits of wood and splintered ceramic tile.
|The mess swept back into the hearth|
We can only guess that there was an air pocket underneath the ceramic tile on the floor of the stove....but whatever it was, shortly after she lit the fire, there was a small 'Boom!'. The ceramic tile at the bottom of the stove had exploded. Undaunted, Sun finished cooking the pot on the left 'burner' outside, but continued cooking the pot on the right 'burner'.
I'm happy to report that both burners are now in use, and all is well in the kitchen. You can't scare off Sun that easily.