19 Oct 2012

Hestia's meltdown. Literally.

Yesterday was not one of my best days.

I don't know quite what was wrong with me.  To be honest, it's still lurking around the edges of me today - a bit like when you think you see a ghost and it just turns out to be a bit of stray hair in your peripheral vision.  Well, I've got a bit of a black dog in mine.

It also seems that I've transferred that black dog to the arse of my soup pan:

'Yet, here's a spot' 

I'm sure Lady McBeth had my char-blackened soup pan in mind when she said that.

It was going to be beautiful soup too.  I had a ham hough in it, lentils, leeks, kerrits (you can just see the pathetic remains of the uncharred kerrits*).  I also had a litre and a half of home-made stock in it.  And I let it BOIL DRY.  In fact, I let it boil beyond dry:  I have, single-handedly, caused a rise in global warming.  Just wait, in years to come we'll see in the statistics that a massive spike occurred yesterday afternoon.

I was furious with myself and there was much in the way of unhappy banging about in the kitchen. Some profanity.  Mainly tears.

Later in the day, because I no longer had soup to serve up, I made a curry.  And managed to burn the rice.  Look.

What the HELL is wrong with me.  If this is the menopause coming on, just shoot me now.

Bugs Bunny calls carrots kerrits.  If it's good enough for Bugs.... :-)


  1. I don't know what kerrits are, but they sound like they need to be charred :-)

    1. Have amended posting to include explanation. You're clearly not a fan of Bugs Bunny :-D

    2. Aaah right. No, My fave is Yosemite Sam. Surprised ? ;-)

  2. yep that is the menopause for sure.............although the bleakness of winter coming has added to my downward-dog days and definately sent my mood into a tail spin too......good news though if you don't know this top tip (I know how to burn a pan.....) fill with water and clothes washing detergent, bring to boil, turn off, put lid on, leave over night to soak and it all comes off without the aid of elbow grease!!!!!x

    1. oh I shall give that a bash! Currently trying a dishwasher tablet. It's not looking particularly good, I have to say!

  3. I know how to solve that--go to Wilko, take a new saucepan from the shelf, pay for it, and take it home. Possibly a swift drink of your choice on the way home. No-one will know. Works every time.

    1. I'm inclined to agree with you, Looby. It's looking increasingly likely lol!

      Ali x

  4. Ali -

    Sounds like the time I put the water on to boil (was just going to boil some eggs). I decided to lay down for "a second", and woke up to a burning smell in the house. I looked for smoke, but couldn't see any. Then I ran outside to look at the roof, so see if a fire had started up there! Then I came back in the house, went into the kitchen saw the saucepan on the stove, and realized that I had allowed the water to boil down "and beyond"! My next thought was that the eggs had somehow cooked themselves into non-existence too! Then I saw them on the counter - I had never added them to the boiling water! Good thing I was home alone, so my ex never knew about this! ;-)

  5. Hmm, sounds like the evil effects of Facebook more than menopause to me ;)

  6. Awwww don't give yourself a hard time, doing too much and multi tasking is usually the real reason why. You're always fabulous in our eyes xxx

  7. Oh you poor thing. You can blame the menopause but nothing like that has happened to me - YET! Hope you managed to get the pans clean!

  8. Try gently heating a bit of Fairy Liquid (or washing up liquid of your choice!) in some water in the pan, the burnt stuff comes off easier after that. How do I know this? Been there and done the same...
    I once put a huge pan of stock on the hob, forgot all about it, and WENT OUT. Realisation dawned about an hour and a half later, I hurried home praying the house was still standing and not a charred wreck, and was very relieved to find everything OK. Thank God it was a humongously big pan which was full when I started. I still shiver about it now. And once the pan with the Christmas pudding in it boiled dry, because I went off to have sex. Needless to say THAT sort of thing doesn't happen any more. I just forget stuff because I'm peri-menopausal and a bit thick. xxxx

  9. What Looby said, partic the bit about the drink. This is the kind of thing that happens to me in the kitchen, which is why I should stay out of it (mr Blighty are you reading this, I need a cook!!)

  10. Oh dear. I'm hvaing lots fo says like that at the moment though and I have no excuse!

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