I was following Hugh Something-or-Other's oxtail stew in rich wine sauce recipe and had got to the point of adding the wine, when I realised I didn't have any in the house. No problem, I thought... I have brandy and grand marnier. It'll be delicious. So I added some brandy and some grand marnier to my pan and as it heated... it decided to flambe itself.very lovely flames. thankfully I didn't panic. with the gas off and the ventilation on, the window and the door open, all calmed down and I was able to resume cooking my meal.
ever done something similar? Or am I the only ditz on site?
It is to be noted that as I was beginning the preparations to the same dish, I cut myself as I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
Oh, dear. So glad it wasn't worse. Good thing you kept a clear head.
You asked, so here's my story: I did something similar when I was about 19. A few days after my roommates had painted the kitchen I decided to deep fry potatoes. This was something I had never done before, nor had I been taught how to do it. I filled a pot with oil and turned the heat to high. At one point I turned my back and when I turned to face the stove I found the whole pot of oil was on fire. I put a lid over the flames and turned off the heat, but the smoke completely covered all the freshly painted walls. I did my best to clean it off, but they were never the same. It's a wonder my roommates ever spoke to me again.
My goodness ladies! So far I have no experiences like these. It does make me recall many encounters that my firefighter husband has told over the years.
When our Goddaughters each departed for University, their Godfather sat them down and impressed on them the importance of not making food when coming back to residence after a night out drinking. And, oven fries only! never never never were they to boil oil in a pot to make fries. They giggled after getting their lecture from their doting Godfather, but when the oldest came home her first year, she agreed with him. We shall hear soon from our second when she comes home at Christmas break.
Oh, Mich, I wish I had someone explain those things to me, too. Your goddaughters are very lucky. I didn't even learn to cook until I was in my twenties.
At least I knew to put the lid on the pot and to turn off the heat. I also knew not to pour water on the fire. I'm not sure when I learned all that, but it definitely wasn't while learning to cook. I'm a good cook now, but it's still not something I like to do. The cooks in the family love me because I'd rather do the cleaning up. I did, however, made sure all of my children knew how to cook, shop for food, and practice safety in the kitchen before they moved out of the house.
So, Annie, how was the oxtail and how's your cut? Everything okay?
There are deserts that come in a can and need to be boiled up in water for half an hour or so, then opened and tipped out. Treacle sponge is one. It warns you on the label never to let the pan boil dry otherwise they can explode, blow the shit out of the saucepan, break the ceramic hob and decorate the whole kitchen with gooey, sticky desert.
It hasn't happened to me, but a friend was deep-frying nems for guests. The first batch were a bit pale, so when she carried them to the dining room, she turned up the heat a bit to make the oil hotter. A moment later she returned to the kitchen to find the flames had been sucked up into the ventilator, the contents of which came crashing down onto the cooktop.
Her next guests were the fire department. And it was a rented house.
So I never ever leave oil to heat without watching eagle-eyed, and I don't deep-fry at all.
I have probably gone through at least 3 deep fryers, but when the last one broke I did not replace it and began making the oven fries. They are not the same as deep fried fries but less mess and worry. I reserve my fry time for when I am out for a lunch as they always make them better than I can anyways.
Now when cooking, if the phone rings I can see the number calling on my TV and if it does not seem like it could be an emergency, I let the phone take a message and call back later.