Everyone has had a disaster in the kitchen…some people more than others. A mishap with the food? An accident with a utensil? My disaster was only something simple, but it’s something that keeps my fiance, our families and myself amused every day.
At 18 years old I was cooking a rice meal at home for my fiance and I. Part way through cooking I realized that I hadn’t used enough water and the rice was running dry, so I added more… Big mistake! Once the rice was finished cooking, I removed it from the hob to find again that there was no water left and the rice was stuck in a huge ball! I could even turn the pan upside down and no grain of rice would fall out. I even did the same with it on a spoon!
No mistakes anymore, I learned a better way to cook rice, thanks to celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo, with a method I will give to everyone. If you don’t know it already please give it a try, it really works!
Perfect Rice Method
Per cup of rice add two cups of water (one cup of rice, two cups of water; two cups of rice, four cups of water). Bring to the boil and put the lid on the pan. Turn off the heat and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Return to the pan to find all water has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. Only stir with a fork, and not before it has finished cooking.
This method really works!
Someone Else’s Kitchen Disaster
Sometimes, something that happens in a kitchen caused by one person has an affect on everyone else too. Like in the case of our college restaurant.
When I was at college training to become a chef, the tutor had chosen one student to make a dish to test out on staff and students for the Christmas menu, a vegetarian option of chestnut pie. The idea was widely praised by other members of staff and was a popular choice.
The student chosen to cook this dish made it while all the other students were cooking and serving for the student run restaurant.
When the tutors came to try the dish, they dug in with their knife and fork and ate the mouthful. Something about the look on their faces told us something wasn’t right. That was when the tutor pulled something out of her mouth. Our fellow student had used shallots in the dish, but hadn’t peeled them. The tutors were eating shallot skin!
He wasn’t the strongest member of the group, but we all had a stern talking to about us helping him. We should have noticed he didn’t peel the shallots.
What has been your kitchen disaster? I’d love to hear from you all!