Hi everyone, you’re watching the headlines news now. I’m Bhaskar. Top news – Chef Thakur warns all of the danger of cooking without supervision. Reports say that Thakur himself, the newly groomed chef, has had many times encountered cooking disasters, invoking the wrath of “him”. He had to make other arrangements for food, besides getting into cleaning up the mess caused. Chef Thakur advises that all cooking should be done by professionals and that amateur chefs should be wary of the disasters that can happen even when they are following the recipe closely. Here’s rest of the details directly from the horses mouth.
Minor mishaps were common. As part of my first cooking, made a sabzi without oil, well the recipe did not carry specific instruction about oil to be used. And I suffer from this “Follow-Instruction-Syndrome”. Next attempt was with daal. After boiling, suddenly it came to my mind there’s something missing. Then recalled, during the cooking process somewhere we get to hear a “screeching” sound (chhaunk). After giving lot of thoughts it dawn upon me how that happens. Took the stirring spoon, heated it and put it into the boiling daal. YES, there the same sound. But it still tasted stale!!! Why not, it lacked everything except for the “Daal”, yes even salt.
I left it at that for many days and finally one day got a recipe for making soup. I was asked to prepare it and for that had to use the pressure cooker to boil the ingredients. Putting it over the gas oven I started surfing net. And then there was the noise!!!! I ran to my kitchen to find most of the stuff on the ceiling. On the plus side, half the soup still remained in the pot after the show was over. 😀
Then came the era of microwaves and on everyone’s instructions, got one. They said it’s easy to cook and best part being you can get the ready made food and just need to “Microwave” it to eat. There was a soup available in the market those days which used to come in a tin. It said – you pull the lid off and microwave. Lid was of metal but rest pot was microwavable plastic. Instructions were basic and I followed them. However here comes the clincher. The rim of the pot was made of metal!!! Its not that I did not notice the same, BUT instructions specified just to open the lid and put the pot (no mention whatsoever of transferring the soup into some other microwavable container). Within few seconds I hear a loud Thump. Then next!!! I decided to go and investigate. Tell me, have you ever seen your food shoot up to the roof of the microwave compartment before? Here the entire pot would periodically jump up, slam the microwave roof, and fall back down. Soup turned out fine but microwave had a slight dent at the roof.
Anyway, has anyone wondered how safe is a microwave-safe container? Has anyone wondered if it is true that it won’t get burnt inside the oven? Actually it can get burnt but not directly; it’ll burn if the food inside it burns! Like what happened few days back. I (over)cooked two fish fillets and ended up with a hole in my “Microwave-safe” Tupperware and a smelly microwave oven and I had to waste the fish fillets because they had become as hard as wood.
Oh yes before I end, did I tell you all what can happen if you try boiling egg in a microwave with its shell on!!!! If you have loads of time in hand to dedicate solely to your microwave, then do try out and check.