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Culinary Disasters...

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Annina Report 9 Dec 2012 14:57

I think that most of us have had one or another disaster on christmas day; like the time when the turkey was underthawed,or the next year putting the turkey in the shed to thaw in plenty of time...... only to have a warm spell and the said bird reeking to high heaven.

The chrismas when the whole street had a power cut,so all the neighbours with gas ovens desparately tried to cook two turkeys to help out.

My fav was not at christmas,but still makes me smile. My family was visiting my sister for dinner,she was very proud of her new,French casserole dish.All afternoon we were tortured by delicious smells coming from the kitchen and when we couldn't wait to be fed any longer (seven hungry children) said sister vanished into the kitchen.

As we eagerly waited there was an almighty crash and she came into the room and calmly announced, 'Dinner,is on the floor'.

She had forgotten to don her oven gloves to take out the casserole ond dropped it. :-D :-D :-D


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 9 Dec 2012 09:27

Even if we may have been almost crying at the time, now we can cry with laughter :-D

Thank you all for sharing :-D :-D :-D


MrDaff Report 8 Dec 2012 22:43

Made biscuits once .... so much better if I'd added that white powdery stuff as well :-S


AnnCardiff Report 8 Dec 2012 21:57

well twice now I've done this - to make really nice gravy for the turkey, use the carcass with bouquet garnis, a carrot, onion, whole pepper corns and seasoning - simmer to get all the flavours out and then strain - sadly strained straight down the sink rather than into a jug!!!!


Sharron Report 8 Dec 2012 21:27

When freezers were a novelty my neighbour bought one and filled it with home made produce.

Being new to the process she made all the pies the same and served the family rhubarb pie with vegetables and gravy.


AnninGlos Report 8 Dec 2012 21:13

Sorry I have edited.


Mauatthecoast Report 8 Dec 2012 20:48

Like you Maryanna there was a time our Christmas dinner was seriously late to the table.

This was in 1960 and me and my sister were about to cook our first Christmas meal for our dad and brother. Being novice cooks we'd given it a lot of thought and planning,wanting it to be really special.
We'd bought a big chicken,then going by the recipe book stuffed, and 'dressed' it and put it into the oven......but a few minutes later there was a power-cut.!!....and after a long time, when the electricity was restored, we managed to serve dinner as I remember about 7.30pm.
Of course it had affected the whole street so next day we were told it had been an evening banquet :-D


Elizabeth2469049 Report 8 Dec 2012 20:23

Family - inlaws - for lunch. Had tried to tidy up my oldfashioned open-shelf kitchen with nice storage jars.

Come the pudding - apple crumble - I'd made the crumble with salt instead of sugar.


Sue Report 8 Dec 2012 19:24

My daughter had just recently become a vegetarian, so when we had some visitors for a mea l, i made two lemon cheesecakes, but instead of using gelatine, daughter said to use a vegetarian alternative. They looked very nice, but when i came to serve out they went splat on the plate. A complete mess.
I have never made another cheesecake again.!!!!!!!!!!!


GinN Report 8 Dec 2012 18:46

When our daughter was about 5 years old, she thought she'd surprise us with breakfast in bed.
We were presented with bread, blue with mould as we'd put it aside to throw out, spread with nearly a whole jar of Marmite, and to wash it down, undiluted orange squash. Well, we did our best with it!
Thankfully, she's grown up to be a very good cook :-D


Phyll Report 8 Dec 2012 17:09

I remember my poor Mum who had really bad eyesight. She gave my dad toast and supposedly marmalade for breakfast only she had opened a jar of mincemeat. He ate it and never said a word.


ChrisofWessex Report 8 Dec 2012 16:45

Brian that also brings to mind - many years ago instead of typing sec. to Managing Director - well the x is beside the c.


BrianW Report 8 Dec 2012 16:41

The S and D are next to each other on the keyboard !
Reminds me of a paper I did for a Board meeting. Our chairman was a Mrs Fuller. The L and K are also adjacent ! Good job she had a sense of humour !


Maryanna Report 8 Dec 2012 16:34

Sorry Annie but you had meringue nests for WHAT ??? M :-S


AnninGlos Report 8 Dec 2012 16:27

In the early 80s daughter and her then new husband were spending Christmas with us. Came to the pudding which I microwaved to heat up. But I left it whole and microwaved it for too long, it was burning from the inside and very very hot. I opened the patio doors and threw it out into the snow, it was so hard it bounced all the way down the garden.

Which reminds me of the first time he ever came for a meal, we had meringue nests for pudding with fruit. I put my spoon in to cut mine and it shot onto the floor.

Lucky he had a sense of humour, lovely lad, but they divorced. (Nothing to do with my cooking I might add :-D)


Maryanna Report 8 Dec 2012 16:14

Last Christmas, for once we had the whole family together with husbands and wives at home plus our brand new Grand daughter. They had all sat on our bed and had their stockings and then we went down for presents around the tree. Husband and daughter in law had made teas and coffees and so I hadn't been into the kitchen.

Presents done, around 10.30, I went to make the traditional family breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon only to realise that I had completely forgotten about the turkey and the huge 20 pounder I had was still sitting in the fridge in the garage waiting for his two pounds of stuffing.

Needless to say, lunch was a wee bit late. M


ChrisofWessex Report 8 Dec 2012 13:19

Mine was many years ago when we were having a dinner party. On the table was a candelabra with blue candles.

Just begun main course when I noticed the gravy boat had been placed close to the candles and blue grease was dripping merrily into the boat. I grabbed it quickly, luckily I had lots of spare gravy and then explained to guests why sudden departure!


Foggy Report 8 Dec 2012 12:38

All my cooking seems to be a disaster



BrianW Report 8 Dec 2012 12:36

Not us but:
Went to dinner with some ex neighbours and when the host carved the chicken the giblets were still inside.
At home I know when dinner is ready because at that point the smoke alarm goes off (only joking : most of the time ! )


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 8 Dec 2012 12:09

Oh Yuck! Almost as bad as sprinkling salt instead of sugar onto pancakes