How many times have you failed in the kitchen? I for one did so in occasion way too many to count. Most times our inadequacy in the kitchen leads us to poor self esteem when it comes to cooking. Most will agree that it takes time and experience to successfully navigate this domain. Some have given up hope and still others are just plain ignorant of what they are missing.
Cooking can be the most fascinating talent or skill you can delve into in this world. If you like good food, it would be fantastic to know how to prepare them yourself. But the kitchen is also one scary place. It has all the elements for kitchen nightmares waiting to unfold. Do you see those sharp pointy knives, that too hot a grill or stove, the many confusing knobs of an oven, and the overwhelming number of equipments that you do not have a single clue how to operate? If this stuff is not problem enough, add to it the issue of recipes and actual handling of the ingredients. Panicky? Calm down, this article will prove to you that you are not alone, and best of all you are not the worst.
1 – Saggy is the operative word instead of Al dente.
Who among you have done this at least ones in their life? Pasta is a delicate ingredient; it needs constant tending and proper preparation. The trick is to put the pasta when the water starts to boil. Do not forget to add salt to the water and oil to give it taste and keep it from ending up like this. It needs your TLC, so constantly watch over it and toss the same to make sure all sides are cooking just fine.
2 – Grilled Salmon, over well done.
Salmon are best served grilled with a little butter and some lemon on it. It is also best eaten as medium rare. This way, the succulent meat of the fish and the freshness of the flavor remains in tacked with just a hint of smoke. In this picture though, the salmon may not only be burnt but the entire kitchen wall goes with it. This is a very sad ending for a supposedly sumptuous meal.
3 – Microwave no no’s.
Okay, for a first timer this can be acceptable. There really are just a list of things you should not put in a microwave oven and one of them is a fruit unsliced. The pressure will prompt it to explode. I remember a colleague who almost did the same thing; he placed a boiled egg inside the microwave. And the results are just as messy.
4 – Improvised kitchen tools.
I do not see so much wrong in this picture except of course hygiene in food preparation. The person cooking pasta, and ravioli at that, seems to have no strainer at hand and used his tennis racket to do the job. It may seem ingenious but think of all the germs you could be getting out of a mouthful of his recipe. In addition, it doesn’t help too that the screen is too wide apart, you could end up with pasta going down the drain if you try this at home.
5 – Ultimate Frisbee Showdown
I am not quite sure what to call this recipe and I am also not sure if this thing is edible. At best, it is a perfect round creation. Next time you try out a baking recipe, make sure you follow thru every ingredient’s measurement. An addition of a dash of baking powder can ruin the whole recipe.
6 – Pasta Catching Fire
No, this is not the sequel of the famous Hunger games series, it is the accident of turning on way too many stove at a time. One trick that we can do to avoid this is to cut the pasta in half, that way it will cook evenly and there are no excess hanging above the pan.
7 – Egg shells is the new seasoning.
The entire broken egg shell swimming in this pan may have been an exaggeration or utter dumbness. But there is no denying that egg shells is a serious matter worthy of discussion. Often times, when we cook eggs, tiny bits of egg shell fall into the pan without our notice. This is especially true when we hurry breakfast preparation to avoid being late at work. This should not be the case, crack the egg in such a way that there is no breaking apart in many pieces. Master that art to avoid this from ever happening.
8 – Microwave explosion.
Many pitfalls in operating microwave oven is a result of our laziness more often than not. Lid should be removed from any container that we put inside the microwave. Again the pressure we are putting the canister into is just unbearable. So don’t just lazily shove them inside your microwave, make sure you remove the cover first.
9 – Is microwave rocket science?
I wonder, is it really that difficult to remember the basic rules for this kitchen equipment? There is a thing called “microwavable”. It is written in a container for a reason. Without this tagging, you should never ever put that thing inside a microwave, unless you plan to burn down the house.
10 – The sorry husband, the ruined chop board.
A hot plate is a tricky piece of kitchen cookware. It doesn’t emit fire yet it sits as so hot, it can burn your ass. Be wary in turning the knobs of your stove, you may have turn this thing on without your knowledge. If left unchecked it can cost you your entire kitchen. In this case, let us hope the wife is the forgiving type.
11 – Flammable ingredients gone wild.
Some cooking needs a little kick to it. One of the many reasons we may have to use flammable ingredients such as wine, or others with alcohol content on it. When you do this, make sure you are an expert and please, be very careful. If you choose not to do either, then just have your fire extinguisher ready.
12 – Double heater.
Okay, this is one way to make a cup of coffee. This one got me laughing. An electric kettle placed on top of a fired up stove. Either the one who did this is sleepy or had a drink too many. Please do not mistake your “plastic” electric kettle to your aluminum or stainless one; the weight should give you a hint of the difference.
13 – Pizza epic fail.
You will notice in your electric oven that there is an option to use a pan or something that resembles a skillet and or use a grill. What is the difference and when to use them? The pan like feature should be utilized whenever you are baking stuff like pizza or lasagna. The grill option should only be used if you plan to grill indoors. Remember that next time.
14 – Ingenuity or stupidity, you take the shot.
A coffeemaker used as a boiler for the pasta? You can at least think of cutting it in four times so it would fit perfectly and cook consistently. Wow, I have never heard of anything like this. If you are really desperate for spaghetti, buy yourself a pot and a stove, and do it properly. You are a shame to Italians.
15 – The Peking Duck on fire
A messy kitchen invites kitchen nightmares such as this. Doing many recipes at a time can be overwhelming. It can make you forget you turned on the oven or that you have something hitting on the stove. The key is to keep organized, even with tons of stuff to do, it can still be manageable if you do it one recipe at a time or at least put an alarm if there is a timer to what is currently cooking.
16 – Pasta Overload.
Another mistake we often make in boiling pasta is the pot that we use. Make sure that the quantity of pasta you are cooking actually fits well in the pot, and also give some room for you to swirl the pasta when they turn tender. A huge pot is most advisable to use. Also mind your fire. Not too high as the pasta needs to cook all the way through.
So if you are still thinking you are inadequate in the kitchen, think again. These folks have well proven you wrong. The important lesson though that we can gather is the evident fact that these people maybe incompetent but they never lack the courage to try. It is said that a well learned lesson often comes from our biggest mistake, the same goes to cooking. So what are you waiting for? Go brave the kitchen now and cook your way to a sumptuous meal. Before you do though, I would like you to share this to your friends that they too will have a good laugh and increased confidence in tackling the cooking world.