"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Halloween Hell Dinner

by Julie on October 31, 2012

in Good Ideas Gone Bad

Does this ever happen to you?


So the brother-in-law was in town from London. I volunteered to make dinner. I would bake a butternut squash in butter and brown sugar, I’d make my famous ruby red beet soup with Alien heads, and also a big-ass chopped salad. All easy. All straightforward.

Except that I’m the bad home cook. And shit, as they say, happens.

And I don’t make any of it up.

Let’s look at a sampling of bad, shall we?

First, as I was chopping the fresh romaine lettuce for this big-ass salad, I chopped the hell out of my index finger. Yes, I am injured, and it makes it hard to type today.

Secondly, the butternut squash, roasted for 50 minutes at 350, was not soft and buttery, as I wanted it to be. I had to put it back into the oven for another 15 or 20 just to get it to the right texture.

But most impressively, and third, is the fact that plastic top to my blender EXPLODED as blended the cooked beats, onions and carrots.

I don’t know why it exploded. It wasn’t cracked. There was nothing in there being blended that wasn’t a well-sauteed vegetable. But it cracked and exploded. Yes, right into the soup.

Look at the pretty ingredients.

The road to HELL…

I tried straining the soup.

The plastic bits were still there. No, I don’t have a photo.

My family laughed and picked the bits out of the soup. I finished a bottle of wine and cursed myself.

I don’t make any of this up. It’s uncanny.





{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria November 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Perhaps it was a combination of hot liquids in the blender when turned to too high a speed can cause an explosion, and thermal shock on the canister itself all coming together to make a mess in you kitchen.


Virginia November 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

A hot mess.


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