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cooking (mis)adventures [oct. 10e, 2007|10:39 pm]
Liene From the Internet
God. Damn. Bursting into flames. Burner.

Or pot.

Oh man oh MAN I was so excited to finally pop some spices but NOOO. For ONCE I do something involving Very Hot Oil and the part that gets frighteningly smoky is NOT IN THE PAN. (Extra-frustrating since that first wisp of smoke is your signal to toss in the spices.)

Really curious to know whether it was:
1) the burner (or things living under/on it)
2) the pan.

The pan, the stupid bastard, is the frontrunner, because when I took it off the burner IT CONTINUED BEING AFLAME. I was trying to figure out where to put it (no room on the stove) -- how to open doors with no hands, whether the tub would work? (not wet; vetoed) -- and eventually succeeded by putting it down for two seconds on the braided rug and having at the sliding door. (It was a ninja move, and in my defense it had been off the burner and not on fire for a little bit at this point.) It's been raining tons so everything's wet outside, and I moved it around and listened to it sizzle on the deck. Thank you, rain.

Luckily I have been baking a lot of pizza lately, and managing to get olive oil on the bottom of the (screaming hot) oven a few times, smoking up the kitchen in a matter of a minute or two. I have the taking-down-the-smoke-detector-til-things-calm-down thing down to an ART. Because OH MY GOD that thing is loud, and you cannot shush it if the smoke's still there. And if I'm awake and I made smoke I know it's there.

DANG it. I didn't realize how little I had in the way of spices. And now I'm gonna need more sooner. And I didn't even burn them.
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[User Picture]From: halomouse
2007-10-11 02:29 pm (UTC)
I am so much more prepared to fight fires that stay on a burner. Baking soda, dude! But when it's ... qmsjkdhgfqm. It's like watching a pot over a campfire or something, except the wood is not there. It's crazypants (US, not UK).
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[User Picture]From: halomouse
2007-10-11 04:36 pm (UTC)
Quite!

And quite. It's fun living in France as a foreigner, huh?
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[User Picture]From: halomouse
2007-10-11 08:41 pm (UTC)
even more so when you are an EU citizen and as such do not have to go to the Préfecture and have never even heard of a Carte Séjour

Jerk. You don't even know there's a "de" in the middle.

Damn I wish my dad had gotten us Latvian passports back when they were newly independent again.

I suppose I'm just glad I've never heard of said Caisse, eh?
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[User Picture]From: drbrain
2007-10-11 05:10 pm (UTC)
I use an aluminum foil tray on the lower rack of the oven to keep foods and food components from collecting on the bottom of the oven. I use it until it gets smoky then pull it out, toss it, and make a new one. Since its just thin aluminum it usually isn't even warm.
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[User Picture]From: halomouse
2007-10-11 06:03 pm (UTC)
A good idea, and one that I put into action (sort of) soon afterwards, but it was a little too late for that first spill.

I have, though, been reminded of the fantastic cool qualities of aluminum lately.
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