Her instructions were to stick the turnip in a bowl in the microwave, nuke it for 25 - 30 minutes, until it went all squishy and then cut in half and scoop out the insides and mash with a knob of butter. I was doubtful. So asked for further clarification. Do I put anything else in the bowl with the turnip eg. water? Does it need pricking like you would for a baked potato.
I was told nothing other than a turnip in a bowl was required. So I did as I was told and put the microwave on...I heard a bit of spluttering and a few explosive sounds soon after and went and checked on it and it looked fine. A few minutes later I heard more explosive noises so messaged FB friend and she said it would be fine. So I left it and went back to fiddling about online...then a while later I heard something shatter, so went out into the kitchen to find it engulfed in black smoke! The microwave was on fire. I think I shouted: "THE KITCHEN IS ON FIRE!" and managed to get to the microwave to switch it off. I figured if I didn't try and open the door the fire may burn itself out inside the microwave. Eventually when I did open the microwave this sight greeted me.
Aftermath - cracked, burnt out bowl and no sign of the turnip.
The turnip was burnt out in the corner of the microwave.
So now my house stinks of smoke and my Microwave may never be the same again. Cook? Hmm no a trip to the Fish and Chip Shop for me!
I've since discovered that in the North East of England where my FB friend lives, they get huge turnips. Much larger than we get in the shops down here. So nuking a turnip of this size for maybe 16 minutes was rather over doing it...
And if anyone has any tips on how to remove the smell of smoke from my house I'd greatly appreciate it!