Monday, 9 January 2017

Alfred-ism.



Revenge at last!

You may remember that I quite recently managed to burn a load of roast potatoes, for which I received considerable criticism and mocking.

Well, it's not only me who does such things (it wasn't even my fault), but others burn things by refusing to take note of timing.

I shan't mention names, but even a new watch for Christmas didn't stop these Mince Pies from becoming charcoal.

They were simply too far gone. She (I shan't mention who) made another lot ten minutes later.




38 comments:

  1. Those are pies? I didn't recognize them at all!!!

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    1. She disguised them under a thick layer of charcoal.

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  2. There are at least half a dozen of those that are well-done enough for me.... I always go for pastries with a well-done look.... or loaves with a nice BLACK top!

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    1. I'm afraid that was part of the problem. Like you I like such things reasonably 'well done', but she took my preference to the extreme.

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  3. That is the new black pies.You can always market it as the new trand.

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  4. Oops! Christmas is over by the way.

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    1. We keep eating Mince Pies until Easter. After Easter the build-up to Christmas is marked by Mince Pie eating.

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  5. I think not one was thrown away either.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I ate one this morning. A bit like eating coal.

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  6. I can highly recommend one of these:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Culinare-C35003-Digital-Timer/dp/B004GCZOBS/ref=sr_1_16?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1483951693&sr=1-16&keywords=kitchen+timer
    It has an impossible to ignore piercing alarm and gives ten and five minute warnings. You can clip it to your belt or put it in your pocket but we can hear ours from across the yard! It's also magnetic and fixes to our oven surround. The only time I burnt anything since getting it was when I forgot to switch it on!

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    1. That sounds perfect, the only problem would be getting her to use it.

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    2. After I used mine for the first time I couldn't think how I had managed for so long without it!

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  7. I remember mum cooking some int he rayburn and forgetting them for days once. Like blocks of charcoal by the end!

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    1. My wife seems to think that 'timing' is for wimps.

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  8. I also have done like this some days back. Need to be little bit careful!

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    1. I think it's the first time it's happened to her; I am less fortunate.

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  9. Oh dear, commiserations to Lady Magnon. There is something oddly humiliating about burning things. A few months ago I managed to burn the bottom of my dead hot favourite pan. I tried everything to resuscitate it - the things you do for love, I tell you, it kills you. I don't easily give up but do know my limitations. On my way to bury it in the bin I bumped into the chef of one of the restaurants on our street. He was on a cigarette break (yes, I know, don't say it, people who live by their taste buds shouldn't be smoking). He took the pan off me. And what do you know - returned it in gleaming splendour later on. Miracle. Trick of the trade, he said with a wink.

    Don't know if you have read my post (dedicated to you)"Caution and the wind" 31/12/16 on mince pies. You will probably be not that interested but I have since taken the plunge. Carefully crafted my wish before taking that first bite. I will report back to you whether you were right in twelve months' time.

    In the meantime, enjoy life's occasionally burnt offerings,
    U

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    1. Yes, I did read it, and I thought I'd left a comment.

      I expect your chef had an energetic sous chef; lots of elbow grease.

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  10. I think they may make good firelighters now. Waste not want not.

    Jean

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    1. I'll suggest it to her; from a distance.

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  11. We have all had those 'timing' mistakes. However, I like some foods crispy, or that's what I tell people.

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    1. I'm always telling Lady M to 'give them a few more minutes'; but not on this occasion

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  12. Ooops! Something similar happened when I was in the midst of marathon Christmas cookie baking in late December. About half a minute past the ring of the timer was all it took to burn one batch of the brown sugar star cookies. Even though they were disqualified from being gifts, I admit that I ate some of them.

    Best wishes to you, and to Lady M.

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    1. She was also using our wood-fired cooker, that has non-existent temperature control. It doesn't help.

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    2. I think that a web-bot reads blogs.... an advert appeared at the side of the weather after I had read this yesterday... it was for a magnetic thermometer for an AGA oven door!!

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  13. I have kitchen timers now for when I need to keep a check on time because time seems to pass quicker than I think it does. I even use one to keep a time check on my afternoon nap!

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    1. I use one all the time, but I can't get Lady M to even consider such a thing.

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  14. Because I don't eat desserts or cakes this use to often happen to me....I love the making/baking of them but once they're in the oven that's it job done ...the family love my cakes and puddings so bought me two timers one I have to wear around my neck.. I think all the baking lady M does she's allowed the odd mishap..

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    1. Quite right. She produces beautiful cakes etc (which I'm not really supposed to eat), she's (as am I) allowed the occasional blip.

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  15. It seems as if even your dog gives them the back of his head...

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    1. It was him who warned her that the kitchen was slowly filling with smoke.

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  16. Its not properly cooked unless its got a bit of burn on it. Cooking times are just a rough guide.

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    1. I agree, a bit of colour makes things taste so much better.

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  17. Not your best work cro me old son

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    1. Not me John; the trouble and strife!

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  18. Sometimes stuff happens.
    They were so cute too.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. She made a replacement lot straight away. They were perfect.

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