Do I have the dumbest housemate ever? Tonight he asked me how to boil an egg...and wanted to know whether, in order to make it go soft, he needed to boil it for a longer or shorter amount of time!! A couple of days ago he asked a similar question about vegetables...do you need to cook them longer to make them go harder? Hmmm...:-? He has also asked in the past whether you can just help yourself to vegetables in a supermarket, or whether you have to wait to be served. Seriously, is this not just unbelievably dumb?? I also have another friend who does mainly microwave cooking but one day the microwave was broken and so she couldn't cook her baked beans. But it was ok because she had the ingenious idea of filling a saucepan with water and boiling the tin of baked beans in it.