Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Don't Burn The Veggie Stock!

This has little to do with food or my elimination diet, but it's so funny I had to tell you. Yesterday, as I was writing up my update on the elimination diet, I also started to simmer some veggie stock. I put the lid on, set the timer, and sat on my couch to write. Not too much later, I started smelling something burning. Thinking it was coming from the open window, I ignored it. The smell got stronger though, and I started thinking it was one of my neighbors burning something. I began to get annoyed at whoever was causing the horrible smell.

Then I remembered my stock.

I jumped up and bolted for the stove, and lo and behold, there was my pot, water boiled down, top stuck to the pot. I turned the stove off and took the pot away from the heat. Feeling silly, and thinking there was something wrong with the fact that my smoke alarm never went off, I sat back down to keep writing.

Five minutes later, I heard the sirens. Eyes wide, I looked outside, and sure enough...there were three fire trucks pulling to a halt outside my door. I opened my apartment door just in time to see a firefighter run up the stairs past my door. "Wait," I called. "I think you're here for me! I just burned some food on the stove."

Red in the face, I told the five strapping firemen that everything was fine, and a neighbor must have called when she smelled the smoke. Apparently, my neighbor is more proactive than I am, as I just sat there and did nothing when I thought the smell was coming from elsewhere. Luckily, they didn't seem upset, and just told me to be careful. Lesson learned, I thought.

Next time I smell smoke, I'll check my own stove before assuming the smell is from someone else.

13 comments:

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Oops! ;-) Glad you have a great sense of humor. We all need that to get by.

Thank goodness the firefighters were friendly. =)

Alea said...

LOL! Before I knew I was gluten intolerant, I tried making beer bread at 4500 ft. It overflowed the pan, hit the bottom of the oven and set off every fire alarm in the house (there were 7). We had to strategically open windows and close bedroom doors to minimize the number of alarms ringing until we could blow the smoke out of the house. I was surprised, but thankful that no one called the fire dept.

Aubree Cherie said...

Haha, great story :D Sounds like you handled it alot better than I would have!

~Aubree Cherie

Chelsey said...

Haha! I made turkey stock once and fell asleep. My husband woke me and asked "when's that stock going to be done?". I jumped five feet in the air and ran up to the kitchen. It was dry cooking and the whole room was full of smoke. Luckily that creamated smell left by the next day! Now I always use a timer!

Juanita said...

Oh dear! What a strange (and luckily innocuous) way to learn a pro-activity life lesson!

briogusto said...

Oh my gosh! hahah. I feel you with the red in the face bit...It would be within my normal behavior to do the exact same thing!

Also glad that you at least can laugh about it :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

That is way, way funny. I've never burned stock, but I have let it overflow and burn on the burner! Yikes!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Glad you're okay, Iris! I think that happens to all of us from time to time ... in varying degrees, of course. I try to always set a timer now just so that at some point I'll be reminded I have something cooking. I've had water boiling and forgotten it. I'll be sitting there thinking, "what's that noise?" ... I'll put my ear to my computer, I'll mute the television if it's on, etc. LOL only to finally realize that it's the teapot. The timer helps a lot IF I remember to set it. ;-)

Here's a quick post with a similar tale from another blogging friend. The photo is telling ...

http://stickygooeycreamychewy.com/2009/12/21/how-not-to-make-homemade-marshmallows/

Shirley

Laura said...

In college I forgot about the piece of veggie bacon I was heating in a skillet at 8 AM on a Sunday morning. The smoke alarm woke up all three of my housemates AND their significant others. Oops.

Did you get your smoke alarms checked?

Laura

Iris said...

Laura, I bet they didn't appreciate that! Ahh college...umm...no I haven't got it fixed. I should do something about that, huh? I hope my mom doesn't read this!

Shirley, I love that picture that you sent the link for!

Lauren said...

Haha! Sounds like fun =D. Or at least an eventful evening!

Betsy said...

I'm just back from my vacation and reading your blog. Yep. Reading it and I think you SHOULD fix that smoke detector! Too many fires lately. MOM!

Iris said...

I know, mom...

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