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Monday, March 30, 2009

A Clean Palette


We usually have our Sunday roast in the evening, it's a good way to round off the weekend as well as to ensure everyone is home early enough for the upcoming school week. This time I needed to hold the meal back a little because our youngest, returning from a football tournament in England, had had her flight home delayed by around half an hour or so.

No real problem, right?

So I carved the chicken and wrapped it in foil, leaving it to keep warm in the oven. Clearing up as I went along, I soaked and scrubbed a few pots, then spying the roasting pan where the chicken had been, I tossed in some red peppers to stir them in to roast with the juices.

Finally, ravenous, plates piled high, we all sat down to eat. I sensed something amiss when Abby upchucked a forkful. This was quickly followed by Matt. Husband bravely swallowed down on his, hesitantly enquiring how I'd cooked the peppers..

He claimed they were, um, well, slightly perfumed?

Clueless, I tried one.

OH MY GOD
- they were rancid! Ugh, ugh, ugh - I ran to wash the taste off with a glass of water. Abby opened her mouth to say something, and a little bubble escaped her lips, sailing out to float across the table.

Oopsie..

(
Lightbulb moment.)

Well, Lord knows I've threatened often enough to wash their mouths out with soap - teehee - just never realised that one day I'd actually up and do it.

It was an accident folks, honest! No malice intended. When I'd removed the chicken from the roasting pan, I'd squirted half a bottle of washing up liquid in there, intending to put it in for a soak. I clean (pardon the pun) forgot when I stirred the peppers in five minutes later.

In fairness, the roasting pan is black, and I was also watching a particularly gruesome episode of "Crime Scene" at the time.

Oh, c'mon - sheesh, they have no sense of humour at all, my lot!

(Tip-toeing out, grinning Sheepishly.)

43 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Are you sure you didn't do it on purpose????? LOL

jinksy said...

Oo er! Full marks for honesty, if not cooking... Hope you had the odd dry crust to fill up on...

CHEWY said...

hehehe - Wha'cha servin' up next?

Margaret's Ramblings said...

Priceless, hahahaha

Margaret

Jeni said...

Considering how many meals I've mucked up a bit by various methods (usually overseasoning but not with cleaning products to my knowledge, anyway) I sure can't criticize you for what happened, as accidents of any kind can and do take place in the kitchen. But, the idea of tossing some peppers into what you thought was left-over scrapings/broth, etc., I'd never thought of that and I betcha without the soap, that would be really tasty.
Cheers and peace!

Hilary said...

Sounds to me as if you were actually watching soap operas. ;) That bubble would have made a great video.

Lola said...

That's darkly funny. I applaud your honesty, cooking debacles are usually secrets well kept. I'm bubbling with laughter (no pun intended) thinking of your little one... tee hee.

Marty said...

I did the same thing once - started to clean out a cup then grabbed a cup of coffee. I understand Abby's upchuck!

TheWritersPorch said...

Oh My! They may be a little gun shy of your cooking from now on! HA!LOL! I would love to have seen your face during your light bulb moment!
Carol

The Things We Carried said...

Oh no! I would so accidentally do something like this. Your brain must be on overload!

Sridhar said...

I think the show you were watching might have played tricks with your mind.

Neat post

The Future Was Yesterday said...

First off, you should be warned, peppers are evil, and not intended to be fed to well adjusted humans.:)

I fear, dear Shrinky, I have no choice but to hand you the award; The Ditzy Cook Of Craggy Island!:)!

Perhaps next time dear Sam should have a go at the fixin's?

Jist wonderin':)

C. Michael Cox said...

There's a story you'll be telling thirty years from now. Very funny!

Renee said...

Shrinky that is funny and I could totally see it happening.

I will have to try it sometimes. wink wink

Love Renee xoxo

~Babs said...

Oh, too funny!
Multi-tasking sometimes brings unusual happenings in this house too,,,,but so far no soap in the soup.
Creating memories,,your kids will never forget this one!
#:-D

Suldog said...

I love stories like this. Compare and contrast my own, if you wish:

http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2006/11/tales-from-kitchen-of-chef-dumbass.html

jay said...

Hahahaha!! I have so NEARLY done that, but have never quite managed it.

Have they forgiven you yet?

Robin said...

hilarious!! your poor family - but really - hilarious!

Scott from Oregon said...

Tee hee too true...

PRH....... said...

That's enough for me to forget supper for tonight ;)

Anna said...

Oh my I had similar episode, but I caught myself. Multitasking sometimes can be disaster...but those peppers sure look good on the photo. Anna :)

i beati said...

yipes- this week I read that if you soak a pan and put some dryer sheets in it, it will bring up crustiness.

I sat out some cream puffs and forgot to put them back, when I tasted one, they had soured. It's officially hot in Florida now !!

Shrinky said...

Hi Akelamalu, the subconscience is a a tricky thing..

Jinsky, we ate around it!

Chewy, maybe take-out might be a good option?

Cheers Margarer (smile).

Hi Jenni, yeah, I thought the peppers would come out a treat - pout.

Hilary, yeah, where is the camera when you most need it, huh?

Hi Lola, it was much funnier the next day (wink).

Oooh Marty, poor you! (Don't mean to grin.)

I know Carol, I felt quite the clutz (rolling eyes).

Things we carried, I doubt the family will ever let me live this one down!

Sridhar, maybe so! It's a good excuse, regardless.. smile.

Hi Dan, hey an award is an award, I won't knock it (grin). I guess lil' old Sam couldn't muck things up any worse than I can, 'tis worth a thought.

Michael, I think the kids will dine out on this one every Mother's Day, from here on until eternity..

Hi Renee - if you do, a word to the wise, refrain from serving yourself up a portion (I still can't get the taste out of my mouth, ugh)!

Bab's, I doubt they will ever let me live this one down!

Suldog - OH! Thanks hon, I am trotting over as I type (I need to know I am not the only clutz around these parts).

Ah Jay, the beauty of hungry teenagers is they have voracious appetites and short memories - wink.

Robin, it's much funnier with hindsight - smile!

Scott, aw c'mon, tell me you haven't ever had the odd culinary disaster??

Ha! Pat, you have such a delicate constitution!

Hello Anna, you did? Glad to know it's not only me (smile).

Hi Sandi, oooh, hot? Is Seattle anywhere near Florida? (I guess not, eh? Pity. I'm flying over there on Saturday..)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, Shrinky...This is absolutely too funny...and so ME as well....I truly am so absent-minded that this kind of thing would NOT surprise anyone at my house ...LOL! Your post is brilliantly funny! And as always, you are a delight to read! Thank you also for stopping by, and for your so very kind and honest comments!!! I think your previous vicar should be canned :-)...I love you as you are! ~Janine XO

French Fancy said...

That did make me laugh out loud - honest, I did and I never even blew a soapy bubble when I did it.

Casdok said...

I laughed to! Cant begin to imagine how it must have tasted!

Alex L said...

Very cheeky... and I'm sure accidental. Well I'm almost sure...

Helena said...

LOL!!!! Oh dear, this is just the sort of thing I would do- my memory is so bad lately!

Les Becker said...

My God. I would SO do that! Which is why I don't cook...

By the by... Kyla has a new song. Visit me to listen!

Rachelle said...

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!
Oops, showing my wicked streak there aren't I?
Thanks for the idea, er, I mean.. what a terrible mistake!
*evil grin*
Slainte~
Rachelle

Eddie Bluelights said...

Looks really appertising.
Thanks for the visit to my place - play will be performed soon.

Mmm said...

Actaully, I am laughing with you. Very funny.

I think though we need a good Sunday evening family roast. Sunday evenings are often cereal. ugh.

david mcmahon said...

Just like watching a cartoon with speech bubbles!

Okay, it's the Ultimate Contest - your roast versus mine .....

endangered coffee said...

You should have bravely downed the peppers and acted like family was crazy.

Then upchucked when they went to bed.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

But of course....this is certainly was a POTD even before David noted it!!!! Bravo, my talented friend! This is a terrific post!!!!
~Janine XO

Eddie Bluelights said...

Many congratulations on POTD. Bet all that slid down the gullet well! Did you all sing, "I'm forever blowing bubbles!"? Loved it to bits. Eddie

Karen said...
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CHEWY said...

Oops, my bad. I don't know who I am sometimes. (wink)

Congrats on POtD. (mumble, mumble)

Catmoves said...

Confession is good for something or other and in Shrinky's case it is good for giving us all a great laugh. You're a pearl, Shrink.
But I am afraid I will have to turn down your offer for a meal or two if we ever visited dear Old England. I am sure we will have a prior engagement somewhere.
>)~..^(<

Hilary said...

Bubbles, I just wanted to let you know that your new "book" has been published on my blog. ;)

Cath said...

ROTFL!

Pouty Lips said...

Did you really eat around it? LOL. I'm still laughing and I read this days ago. I came from Hilary's blog and wanted to congratulate you on your new book release. She is quite the graphic artist, come to find out; not surprising.

imbeingheldhostage said...

That's awesome! Now I don't feel quite so bad for leaving potatoes in the aga all night long (I forgot when everyone kept saying they weren't hungry).