Monday, July 11, 2011

Kitchen Kaos

I have done A LOT of cooking, I think I am somewhere in the 350 range of recipes just on this blog and that only counts the cooking I have done in the last three years. That isn't even taking into account the time I spent in the kitchen before this blog; nor does it consider all the recipes I have made and haven't blogged or things I have made more than once after blogging them. What I am trying to get at is that I have done a whole ton of cooking in my day and I have been relatively lucky to avoid any serious kitchen mishaps or accidents.

I can only remember two times I had a problem and for one of them I wasn't even cooking, I was just testing out my new knives and I nicked my fingertip. The other time I was making my brother eggs when I was in high school and I sprayed PAM directly into the pan on the open gas flame (that was scary).

I consider myself fortunate to have escaped anything serious up until this point. That is, until these seemingly benign Asian Lettuce Cups. This recipe didn't even include all that much cooking so it was surprising that this is where I slipped up. I still am not sure what exactly happened, but I know I had a close call. After I sauteed the mushrooms, I left the pan on the fire and added more oil. Then I went to the fridge, got the shrink wrapped pork package and poked a whole in it to open the top and drop the pork into the pan. Well I am guessing that a small piece of the plastic fell into the hot oil and we had a tower of fire burning in the pan as high as the kitchen cabinets. Forrest was playing with the Baby in his nursery and I screamed his name as I stepped back and all I could think was, "Do not come to my rescue with our Son in your arms." As I turned around in shock to watch for my help emerge from the hallway, I was petrified to see my husband standing there with our 9 month old in his arms. As I thought through my fire safety skills and what I should do next, I noticed a strange look on my husbands face. He looked surprisingly calm and a little confused. At that point I realized that the fire had burned off and there was no emergency to be had. Thankfully this little kitchen accident had a happy ending and it served the purpose of putting me back on my toes in the kitchen in regards to safety.

Asian Lettuce Cups
Adapted from Cooking Light August 2010
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped shiitake mushroom caps (about 5 ounces)
  • 16 ounces ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 4)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms;

sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Place mushrooms in a large bowl. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add pork, garlic, and ginger to pan;

cook 6 minutes or until turkey is browned, stirring to crumble. Add pork mixture, onions, and water chestnuts to mushrooms in bowl;

stir well.

2. Spoon 1/2 cup turkey mixture into each lettuce leaf. Combine hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha, and salt in a small bowl,

stirring with a whisk. Serve sauce with lettuce cups.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe


Lauren said...

EEK! Gotta love those kitchen oopsies. The first time I used our broiler, I caught our tilapia dinner on fire and I FREAKED OUT, even though the fire was contained in the oven and couldn't do any real damage. My husband didn't let me live that one down for awhile!

Sush said...

Oh Good Gracious that was close! I know you were crazy scared, but how in the world did you manage to keep it together after that and have pictures and a real meal to post about?! Good going!


PS I made an octopus hot dog I'll bet Rex would love! LOL! CK it out if you get the chance ma chere!

branny said...

What a story! My heart is pounding!

Sarah Derrig said...

Very close call! We had a major mishap in the kitchen about 6 months ago. We didn't realise we had a gas leak in our oven and when my husband went to the light the burner the whole oven exploded! Made the loudest noise I've ever heard in my life and threw my husband across the room! Thankfully though he came away unscathed bar a few singed hairs on his legs and arms! A very close call though! Love your blog!

Suzy said...

So glad alls well that ends well! I had one of those moments last year when I foolishly emptied some frozen sweet potato fries into already hot oil and a bit of ice caused a flare up that licked my above the stove microwave. It only took a few seconds to melt the numberpad and black the white surface. New microwave time!

Ashley's Cooking Adventures said...

Wow, that must have been so scary! I am knocking on wood that I've never had a kitchen fire. (knock, knock!) :) These Asian Lettuce Wraps look delicious.