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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #105 on: January 25, 2013, 01:39:32 PM »
DH was reading over my shoulder and reminded me of his dear Grandmother.  As she got older, she got more and more frugal about food and she also got a little dotty.  One Christmas in her later years, she cooked the entire feast and was so proud because she made oyster dressing.  But you know how expensive oysters are.  Fish is just the same, right?  And she had some fish sticks in the freezer (note: they were well beyond the expiration date and were pretty freezer burned), so she used those instead.  But didn't adjust the baking time at all.  So they had frozen fish-stick flavored dressing.  Shudder.
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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #106 on: January 25, 2013, 02:12:40 PM »
Our star disasters include:

- the pressure cooker that blew its seal and sprayed pig juice all over the kitchen.  The kitchen was never so clean after we were done.  The pets helped and we knew where we'd missed by noticing where they were still licking.

- the bottle of syrup that fell off the top of the fridge, popped open when it hit the counter, bounced back up in a beautiful pirouette and sprayed syrup everywhere

- dropping a full bowl of gravy so that it fell perfectly bottom-down onto the floor, causing a circular tidal wave (why are our pets getting fatter anyway?)

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« Reply #107 on: January 25, 2013, 08:32:23 PM »
"Lots of nutmeg" means different things to different people. Specifically it means a lot less nutmeg to a German lady born in the twenties than a Brit born in the seventies. It certainly doesn't mean a whole grated nutmeg...

I found out a few months back that it is actually possible to have nutmeg poisoning - not from personal experience, but from auditing ER records which had reason for attendance on them.  I asked one of the doctors present who stated that yes, nutmeg can be quite toxic in anything other than 'sprinkle on your dessert' doses.

One of my many kitchen disasters.  Julian, aged around 10, learning to bake - at the time in the holiday house with the slow combustion wood oven.

The sponge cake was lovely and light - and looked like 2 pancakes joined with jam and cream.  Two teaspoons of flour isn't the same as two tablespoons.

The scones I was sure were done, but Mother Dearest who never baked a thing in her life but knew so much better, insisted they needed another 5 minutes.  Yup, burnt, charred little lumps...  they tasted pretty good once the char was knocked off though!

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #108 on: January 26, 2013, 12:22:15 AM »
This thread has reminded me of this old game show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AFXK-bhMug

I really wanted to be on it, but my mom never wanted to sign us up for some reason.....

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #109 on: January 26, 2013, 12:44:47 PM »
Well, there was the time I was sorting my stamp collection on the kitchen table, right next to the oven. My mom was taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven when the pan slipped and it dropped a little. Nothing wrong there, nothing broken, but... This created a little gust of wind, the stamps flew up and landed right on the turkey. I still have the grease-stained stamps somewhere around here. The gravy came out great, BTW.
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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #110 on: January 26, 2013, 01:11:54 PM »
Well, there was the time I was sorting my stamp collection on the kitchen table, right next to the oven. My mom was taking the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven when the pan slipped and it dropped a little. Nothing wrong there, nothing broken, but... This created a little gust of wind, the stamps flew up and landed right on the turkey. I still have the grease-stained stamps somewhere around here. The gravy came out great, BTW.

Somehow, I suspect there is not enough postage in the world to let you mail a turkey. ;D ;D

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #111 on: January 26, 2013, 01:26:35 PM »
This wasn't a huge disaster, but about ten years ago I saw a recipe for pasta with a lemon cream sauce.  It sounded good, and I followed the recipe to the letter.  The sauce curdled, and it smelled and tasted disgusting.

Me: *knocks on parents' bedroom door* We're having pizza tonight.
Dad:  :o I thought we were having--
Me: Don't ask...  ;D

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #112 on: January 26, 2013, 01:52:03 PM »
I currently have stiches in my foot and have to keep it elevated, so I can only observe the disaster 5 feet from me.

DD made some absolutely delicious Eggs Benedict for the family.
She wasn't hungry earlier so she waited for the second (and final) batch before serving herself.

She made a lovely plate of breakfast and got a tray to eat in front of the TV. (Yeah, we do that a lot.)
Picked up the tray to re-position it and the plate slipped off, flipping upside down while falling and dumping everything on the living room carpet. :o

My living room has a yellow, gooey splatter in the middle if it.
The two eggs and the yellow spray look like Big Bird had a toileting incident.
There is hollandaise sauce on the couch, the footstool and in a crime-scene worthy spray pattern all over the floor.

DH, DS and DD scrubbed it, but the yellow marks remain. They spray treated and it looks like they'll have to rent a carpet cleaner.

Anyone know how to get hollandaise sauce out of carpet??  ??? ???


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« Reply #113 on: January 26, 2013, 02:28:12 PM »
...   Anyone know how to get hollandaise sauce out of carpet??  ??? ???

Yes.  Rent a dog.   ;D

Your wonderful descriptive terms made your story so much fun to read! 

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #114 on: January 26, 2013, 03:38:35 PM »
...   Anyone know how to get hollandaise sauce out of carpet??  ??? ???

Yes.  Rent a dog.   ;D

Your wonderful descriptive terms made your story so much fun to read!

Thanks Gramma Dishes. I was trying to find the humour in it, as the whole mess was rather spectacular.

The dog would happily clean it up, but our dog hasn't yet realized that just because she wants to eat something means that she should eat something.

She hasn't ever eaten anything weird (like crayons), but we've learned the hard way that many foods don't agree with her.
Those culinary/gastric disasters have not been nearly so entertaining! :P

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #115 on: January 26, 2013, 03:39:02 PM »
I'm usually a decent enough chef, but I'm also incredibly easily distracted. I also like to feed begging animals scraps. This combination resulted in me one night absentmindedly adding the freshly chopped chilly to a hot wok containing only oil and copious amounts of garlic, thereby napalming the everloving Beezus out of myself and the dog. Seriously, a huge cloud rose like a phoenix from the wok, and all my mind did was go "bad move, Nora" before going uselessly and utterly blank. Then the burning started. Dh came running to see what the screams where about and encountered the dog blindly running into walls trying to get out of the kitchen, with me chanting "stupid, stupid, stupid" with my face under the tap, and while he's standing there wondering what we're carrying on about the cloud reaches the doorway.

I do believe we had sandwiches and ointment for dinner that night.
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« Reply #116 on: January 26, 2013, 03:42:29 PM »
^^^

 :o :) ;D

Great tale, wonderfully and humorously related.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #117 on: January 26, 2013, 03:45:56 PM »
Oh, Nora, you have a gift with the language, you do.  The cat is wondering why I'm laughing so hard.

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #118 on: January 26, 2013, 03:51:17 PM »
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I do believe we had sandwiches and ointment for dinner that night.

That sounds sort of meme-like for all the days we've all had where everything just goes sideways. :)

"What's going on?", glancing around at zombies and rubble.

"Oh, not much. It's been one of those days."

Dusts off remains of the kitchen counter, "What's for dinner?"

"Sandwiches and ointment again."

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Re: S/O Proud kitchen moments -- Kitchen disasters
« Reply #119 on: January 26, 2013, 04:10:07 PM »
Try an enzymatic cleaner - the stain are fatty and you need something that will dissolve fat.