Multitasking FAIL

28 Nov

I’m a good cook, I swear.  But I’ll never live this story down.

Michael and I were running from one place to another all day and suddenly it was quarter to six and nothing but the moose roast had been started for supper.  That’s not usually a problem, but Michael was already out to go pick up our friend Jerry who is in town for a few days and coming over for supper.

Michael wanted to have butternut squash, potatoes, and broccoli to go with the roast, but there wasn’t enough time to roast the squash in the oven, so I juggled things in and out of the microwave while slicing, dicing, frying, and writing up a new keto recipe for Jade so that she could have moose meat, too.  Also while pacifying Halia, who is going through some wicked teething and who was wandering around, happy then wailing by turns.

Everything was coming together and only a little bit behind schedule.  Jerry entertained Jade while and I weighed out her food and scooped out the very hot butternut squash and wondered why the heck the broccoli hadn’t finished steaming yet.

I’m glad I had the glass lid on that pot because the burnt and crispy edges of the broccoli were my first clue.  Actually, my first clue should have been the smoking from the bottom of the pot ten minutes earlier, but I assumed there was a little oil burning off the element.

My second clue should have been the smoke alarm going off five minutes later, but I figured the kitchen had just gotten a bit too hot.

My third clue should have been the slowly growing smell of smoldering broccoli, but, well, it’s not really a familiar smell.

When I finally realized I had forgotten to add the WATER to the steaming pot, I immediately took hold of it (with potholders!  I’m dumb, apparently, but fortunately not that dumb!) and I removed that very hot pot from the very hot burner.

And the bottom of the pot fell off.

Suffice to say that broccoli was no longer on the menu and that poor pot has seen the end of its broccoli-steaming days.  And dinner ended up being a bit later.

But at least Jade loved the moose meat.


10 Responses to “Multitasking FAIL”

  1. Meandering Michael November 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

    The moose was excellent.

    I loved that pot, by the way. It was interesting to see it melt like that, though.

  2. Stacie November 29, 2009 at 12:21 am #

    Wow, I’m not much of a cook myself, but I’ve never seen the bottom of a pot fall off! Impressive fail!!!

  3. Opa November 29, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    Reading your blog is the pun fart of the day. I had to know my blows giggling. Did you consider a good big soul of ballad for vitamins followed by cop porn, belly jeans and nasal huts for desert? Anyway, I hope that story wasn’t a lack of pies. Better go, it’s roaring with pain outside and the window is open plus I must mend the sail. Be careful of fighting a liar under your broccoli next time. I’ll take a toast to the queer old dean for better culinary luck next time.

  4. Omichen November 29, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    hi, Fawn, heisst es nicht: trial by error? Ich habe schon eine Ente “gebraten” für Gäste, ohne dass der Backofen heiss wurde. Bis ich den Fehler gefunden hatte! Kinder (this little devils) hatten an der Backofenuhr gespielt und sie war “out of work”. Diese Fehler macht man nur einmal. Freiwillig die Finger verbrennen, tut man auch nur einmal!! Dann merkt man, dass Hitze heiss ist! Nethermind: Aufregung dient der Ausschüttung von Adrenalin, und das ist manchmal ganz gesund. Lass Dich umarmen. Wir haben alle Fehler gemacht, und machen sie heute auch noch.

  5. MommyTime November 29, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    You burned the bottom of the pot right off?!?!?! That is sheer awesomeness. I am super impressed. If my forgot-to-put-the-water-in-to-steam moments ever got that dramatic, I’d be delighted.

  6. Barbara November 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    At least!

    Had a few of those occasions m’self. Good for you for seeing it in the perspective of the positives.

  7. Lindsay November 30, 2009 at 4:23 am #

    I’m going to have to show James this one! At least he will know I’m not the only one who has burned the bottom of the pot off!

  8. Bubblybunny November 30, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Hahah…I didn’t even know the bottom of pots can come off like that. Good stuff!! 😉

  9. Heather Solos January 1, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    My sister recently did this, only she damaged her kitchen floor in the process. :X I tend to forget things in the oven without a timer.


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