Another week has gone and I had not had time for my blog. I had been busy helping my eldest with her personal project and sorting things put, cleaning and also getting people to do some work in my kitchen, on top of a million and one other thing to do. Well, my only conclusion is that housework is endless! Sadly it’s not my area of interest……*sigh*.
I have been trying to clean out a lot of ‘junks’. A few bags of stuff only managed to reach the door and no more further than that. I took them back…haha. I told myself, ‘What if I need them after I throw them?’ Doesn’t it happen all the time? My daughter told me, ‘Just wait till you are not at home!’ Now I’m worried. I’m seeing a lot of my stuff disappearing. God help me!!
You probably won’t believe what happened when I was very busy and trying to cook. Food got BADLY burnt!!!! I’m just very thankful that I didn’t burn the house down. If you ever think I am good in cooking and baking, you will have to think twice. Just look at these pictures. For once I must say I am a super star in bad cooking!
I cooked a pot of soup and completely forgot about it because I was too busy with all the cleaning. I only realised it when I smelled something burnt. I ran into the kitchen but it was too late……black and burnt! When I opened the kitchen door, the strong burnt smell almost threw me off……like over burnt BBQ!
In trying to get rid of the smell, I remember my citrus vinegar. But it didn’t help at all. The burnt smell was just too overpowering. You can read more about my citrus vinegar at Citrus And Vinegar As A Natural Disinfectant And Deodorant For Home. If you ever want to use it, just use the skin. Don’t include the pulp if you want to use it more times.
Well, suddenly I remembered my colleague told me last time that cooking some sugar into caramel is very effective in removing smell. I did that. Too bad…I forgot about it, too!! It turned black and gave out a lot of smoke. This time it set off the alarm. I didn’t know what to do. I quickly took a chair, reached out to the smoke alarm at the ceiling and pulled off the batteries inside…..phew! That was a nightmare! I would be horrified if fire engines appear outside my house. Now instead of one pot, I have 2 pots to clean up…..*BIG sigh*. I wish I could just throw them away but then they were one of my favourite pots.
Then suddenly I remembered Cheah at No-Frills Recipes once sent me an article about using tea for cleaning burnt pots and to bring back the shine. I once bought a packet of tea and hardly used it because I bought the wrong one…..loose tea instead of tea bags. Well, it can be put to good use here.
I scrapped off as much burnt food as possible. Then I poured in some water and added the tea.
I let it boil for quite a while and then left it to sit. When It was warm, I poured it away and used a metal scrub to scrub the pot. Yippee….my pots were shiny and clean once again!! I’m really thankful to Cheah.
By the way, just in case you don’t know Cheah, she is a very nice and friendly Malaysian food blogger. She is the first blogger that I met, right in the heart of London. You can read about it at Blogging And Friends - 1st Meet-up With A Food Blogger. She always sends me very interesting articles to read. Some of them are totally hilarious. Do visit her blog. She has many wonderful home cooked food.
Well, what a day! I hope it doesn’t happen again. I have to take out my slow cooker to cook soup now to be on the safe side. I’m really thankful that my pots have a thick base so they can stand the heat without melting. I hope you are careful when you are cooking. Maybe it’s better not to cook when you are very, very busy like me. I have been cooking a lot of fried rice and fried noodles the past few days….complete meals on a plate….and safer, too.
Fried rice and fried noodle recipes that you may be interested in:
Fried Rice Noodles With King Prawns And Chicken
Malaysian Country Fried Rice
King Prawns And Herbs Fried Rice
Delicious Spam Fried Rice
Dry Noodles With Char Siu Chicken And Vegetables
Delicious Malaysian Fried Noodles (Part 2)
Quote of the day……
“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”
- AJ Reb Materi
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