Sunday, 13 May 2007

Domestic goddess (of fire)

My sister Katharine is an amazing cook. I am usually a reasonable cook. There is a huge difference, and it should not be trifled with.

Marianne asked me to bring a dessert to a dinner party and, it being Mother's Day, I decided to try being domestic. And that's how I started the fire.

We're not talking a little bit of smoke, or some blackening. We're talking a sheet of flame leaping out of the oven and blackening the stove top. We're talking a thick haze of smoke throughout the house. We're talking a mad scramble for fire extinguishers, and my husband dumping water all over the pan.

The picture above shows my disastrous, hilariously charred (and soggy) attempt at Portuguese pasteis de nata, the recipe my accomplished sister gave me. The picture below shows the way they should look.

From now on, I'm sticking to art. And I'm handing in my apron. I just don't deserve it.


  1. Oh my goodness, such a funny story! I hope your kitchen is back to regular condition! What did your daughter think? Maybe this will be a Mother's Day story she'll tell her kids about!

  2. The food looks good ;) I hate cooking sagas too! Hey you've been 'tagged'. Have you heard of this game going around the art blogging world? If you want to play you need to list 7 random facts/habits about yourself on your blog, then list 7 art bloggers whose blogs you like to read, and then go to their blogs and tell them they've been tagged. It's kind of interesting what you find out about people through this!

  3. Holy crap.

    I like to cook, but I'm very timid about anything in the kitchen that could potentially cause a fire.

    Maybe I'm meant to be a raw foodie...

  4. Wow, isn't that an adrelanine rush? I've experienced the same thing only with grease and tator tots.. Anticipate your kitchen smelling for a week or two :)

  5. Oh no! lol I hope the smokey, burnt mess won't be too hard to clean up! You had a funny mothers day! :-)


  6. Helen, you are so funny! I have to tell you the truth...I would probably eat the burnt ones...they still looked pretty good.