& COOKING ARTICLE
kitchen can some times be a dark place! Inanimate objects
can come alive and unimaginable things can go wrong.
Disaster can strike at any time making any chef or enthusiastic
cook go weak at the knees . . . enough to make a strong
man use the F word or need a stiff drink to steady the
are stories of some of those kitchen nightmares! Many
thanks to all who have contributed.
Nightmares of Joyce Eastwood:
a young bride of twenty-three in the Sixties I had
invited my mother and father in law for Christmas
that they liked chestnuts with their brussell sprouts,
I had watched a cookery programme by Fanny Craddock
who recommended that the chestnuts should be plunged
into a pan of hot oil to ease off the shells. I was
really pleased at this idea for I had seen my mother
in law struggling to remove the shells before cooking
the day I heated up my chip pan and when it was really
hot dropped in a handful of chestnuts . . . unfortunately
I had missed the bit in the programme where Fanny
advised that a slit should be cut in each shell!
the cold chestnuts hit the boiling oil, each one exploded
and shot round the kitchen carrying boiling oil with
it. We ducked out of the way as they whizzed round
the kitchen and some became embedded in the newly
erected polystyrene ceiling.
was a Christmas to remember.
Nightmares of Liz Alderson:
have thought quite hard, but being a dedicated cook,
I don't have personal dramas that I can't cope with
- yes, I've had the bullet potatoes, etc but I've
always had something in reserve.
worst kitchen experience I had was when I helped out
in a Children's Home for a weekend - as a favour .
had to cater for about twenty people - children and
planned a good, wholesome meal of casseroled beef
meat and vegetable casserole was doing great in the
big oven - my problem was getting gallons of water
to boil to cook the potatoes!
underestimate how long water takes to come to the
was frantic - a huge pan of cold water . . . kids
and carers waiting for their dinner . . . I
sent out for chips!
kids thought it was a great treat and the adults -
who'd all been there - thought it was a great joke.
learned to boil the kettle to fill the pan on the
stove - moaned like hell about the gas pressure to
the boss of the home who pretended to listen but really
thought 'Yes, OK, next week our cook will be back
- she knows how to cope with all this - you, you moaning
minnie will be gone and I don't have to do anything
about the gas pressure, because she knows how to cope.'
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02 December 2007
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