The worst blunder yet has to be the time I nearly caught my kitchen on fire while cooking potato and meat pie in the oven
Despite having worked a few commercial kitchens over the years, I still make cooking mistakes that would have any legitimate cook’s head spinning. The first cardinal sin is my stubbornness in never using a recipe. There are times where I will look up the recipe for a new dish on the internet and I will check the ingredients list before closing the window and going back to the kitchen. It’s a process of me improvising everytime and never being consistent even if something turns out to be delicious. I have had family over for dinners where I cook a table full of dishes and everyone will love the food and ask for a recipe, or if I’m really unlucky, they’ll ask for the meal in the future and I’ll come up short. Something will be off or the spices won’t be in the same ratio with one another and the dish simply comes out differently. The requests of recipes were always followed by disappointment because I never had one that I could give someone. These issues are merely scratching the surface of my incompetence. The worst blunder yet has to be the time I nearly caught my kitchen on fire while cooking potato and meat pie in the oven. Oil leaked out of the pie and fell on the elements, causing the oven to start flaming as the air conditioner was cycling and pulling the soot filled smoke into the ventilation system. I had to call an HVAC remediation company to clean my ductwork and fix any damage to my air handler. Thankfully nothing needed to be repaired, but there was a generous layer of soot throughout that HVAC system that simply needed to be wiped away.