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I have ruined dinner

It's all over the place, shattered glass mixed with anchiote paste and butter.All over the stove and in the food.This looks like fun to clean. Saute gulf prawns one minute and turn, cook one more minute. Remove from pan. Add one ounce vodka, flambe. Add chopped garlic stir in anchiote paste mixed with softened butter.Return prawns to pan for thirty seconds.Also on the stove. Calamari marinated in olive oil, sea salt, garlic, and pepper flakes. Cook in a cast iron pan on high heat for two minutes. Tried to go to fast. I set a small glass mixing bowl on the hot stove.Bummer!!!!!!!!. Meals that you have ruined .

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  1. Too bad. Great story to tell though.

    1. Major bummer! I was salivating listening to those preparations. So sorry.

      1. Must have been something in the air last night. 24 ozs of choice porterhouse on the grill. Walked away for only a second to chit chat with a friend and came back to 10 ozs of shoe leather. Don't even ask what the Thai eggplant looked like.

        Chips and beer for dinner.

        1. Meal ruined with a trip to the ER: young, stupid, in love. Couldn't find the corkscrew for the wine for anniversary dinner...decided to use a steak knife. Stabbed deeply in the webbing betweeen thumb and index finger. Wrapped hand in tea towel and off to the hospital we went. Still have the scar, 30+ years later.

          1. At home, before I got really conversant with seafood, I proved that it Is Possible to prepare prawns with Pernod that were mushy, yet tough and stringy, at the same time. And, despite a more-than-judicious-application of the Pernod, flavorless too. At work, i've experienced the wonderful phenomenon of a "blowback" on the line; pouring liquer directly from the bottle into the hot saute pan and having the alcohol in the bottle catch, at which point the bottom blew out of the bottle, shattering all over a whole lot of different dinners that night. I kept my job, but it was prolly due more to potential than skill. And it got better. :)
            The thing that makes things like this okay, as long as nobody gets hurt, or ingests anything dangerous? Is that you will never, ever do anything like that again. Also, a helpful tip about glass items if Pyrex: if they've spent any time in the micro or oven, and are hot? Don't let it fool you; that stuff will positively explode upon direct contact with a cold surface, as in the countertop.

            1. Not dinner, but a big batch of deviled eggs never happened. Eggs were in the pot and I wandered out of the kitchen and signed on to Chowhound. About 40 minutes later it sounded like the shootout at the OK corral was being re-enacted in my kitchen. I threw out the pot, cleaned up the shrapnel, and aired out the house.

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              1. re: Veggo

                There really is no smell like the smell of scorched, burnt eggshell, is there Veggo?

                1. re: Veggo

                  my mother did the same thing -- never did get the stains off the ceiling:)

                2. at the restaurant a server set a pepper grinder on the pass and the top unscrewed and 500 peppercorns spilled out into all the prep. what a nightmare! it was early and much of it was easily switched out for fresh while someone picked all the peppercorns out of the rest. glad that wasn't my job.

                  also in the restaurant cleaning up after the big blackout on the east coast a few years back. no one ever expected to be without power for days so we left stuff out for hours, then forgot about it in the eventual dark, and cleaned up the rotten crap the next day. whole place smelled pretty bad.

                  1. Got invited to a pig roast by my husband's boss at the time and was asked to bring my special cold spaghetti salad, so I made one using fresh veggies from the garden. I also bought a special glass bowl for the salad that we planned to give to the boss and his wife as a gift along with the salad.

                    When we arrived, I stepped out of the car and instantly fell flat on my face. The bowl crashed to the ground and broke into a million pieces with spaghetti, veggies, and olive oil vinaigrette, flying everywhere. It was a huge oily, mess, plus I turned my ankle and skinned my knee. Just delightful.

                    1. Oh no! That's when you pick up the phone and call for a pizza from a GOOD pizza place...

                      1. Chopping ginger for dinner one day. My nephew came up behind me and hugged me. I chopped off the end of a finger. Micro-surgery to reattach. Ouch.

                        1. Was making a birthday cake for a party. Left arm wrapped around bowl, holding it steady. Stirring with right hand. Suddenly left hand loses grip, and the whole bloody mess goes flying across the room. Bowl shatters as it hits the wall, ceramic shards and cake batter on everything in sight. *sigh*.