Are you a good cook? A bad one? An inventive one? I’ve never really considered myself much of a cook and while I’m capable of pulling together a fancy dish or two (OK, that’s a lie – I only have one fancy dish) my day to day cooking is mostly relegated to one new dish (which I immediately forget as I seem to suffer some kind of food amnesia) per week, then nachos, pasta, and takeout. Amusingly enough it was with one of these “neverfail” dishes that I experienced my worst cooking disaster of all time (here’s hoping I never have the opportunity to top it).
One Thursday evening I was making pasta for dinner. I had my pot of water on the stove, bringing it to the boil for the pasta and I had popped my deep frying pan on the stove to warm and added a bit of oil. I put some garlic into the oil, then I poured in a tin of chopped tomatoes.
That’s when it all went wrong.
A flame erupted from my frying pan. Before I knew it, the flame had hit the range hood above the cooktop and God knows how many years of built up grease and oil immediately burst into an out of control fire.
Frozen in fear and shock, I screamed. The Viking was upstairs and while he heard my scream and responded, it wasn’t until I yelled “Fire” that he realised something more serious than a cockroach was going on down in the kitchen. He ran down and grabbed a glass of water. After splashing a few droplets on the flame to test if the fire would get worse, it didn’t so as he told me to call 000 he doused the flames in water and smothered the frying pan with a damp tea towel.
The firemen arrived within a minute and after trooping through our house with hoses, fans and other gear I don’t know the name of while the whole neighbourhood gathered at the top of our driveway, declared the house safe.
We were lucky. Only the range hood didn’t survive.
What’s your worst cooking disaster? Have you ever set anything on fire?