Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kitchen Nightmares

It started off as just a normal Sunday in winter.  The Hubs went to work and I was dragged out for a walk by the little fluffy dog, who sniffed every plant, gatepost and blade of grass along the way.  By the time we got home, I was absolutely freezing cold and in need of a bit of warmth.  I thought that making a batch of soup would do the job so I chopped, diced and sliced until my giant soup pot was full, added a dash of olive oil and left it all to simmer away.

Stock was added and I brought out the big guns - my blender - to whizz the contents of the pot into a smooth and silky winter soup.  The kitchen smelled heavenly and I was absolutely starving.  It was all going so well until I tried to detach the blender jug from the food processor.  With a whoosh and a screech of "noooooooooooooo" from me, the bottom of the jug stayed where it was, releasing an ocean wave of soup all over the food processor, the worktop, the cooker and the kettle.  I was swearing like a navvy, the dog was going insane because she could smell food and I wouldn't let her near the puddles of soup on the floor and I was wearing the rest of the soup at this stage.

My soup-nami

Let me tell you something : you can never have too many rolls of kitchen paper or packets of disinfectant wipes.  Copious quantities of both were require to absorb the soup that went everywhere but into a bowl for my lunch.   For the record, the scant tablespoon of soup that I tasted was delicious, so I'll leave you with my recipe.

Mushroom, Fennel & Leek Soup

1 tbsp Olive Oil
400g Flat Mushrooms, wiped & sliced
1 head Fennel, thinly sliced
3 Leeks, trimmed, washed & sliced
Salt & Pepper
700ml Stock (I use chicken, use vegetable if you prefer)

In a large pot, heat the oil over a very gentle heat and add the vegetables.  Cook for about 15 minutes until they are soft and tender.

Add the stock and simmer for 5 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning with salt & pepper.
Transfer to a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately.
This also freezes brilliantly.

So, what's your greatest kitchen disaster?  Make me feel better!!


  1. Oh Aoife I feel your pain, exact same thing happened to me. Transferred the soup to the liquidiser, one with the jug thing, blitzed it all up, took jug off stand thing, bottom of jug fell out. Soup all over the counter, the floor, everywhere. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Couldn't eat soup for ages after that! Put me right off!

    1. Oh Joanie, I just swore a lot, tried not to skid and break my neck in the puddles of soup on the floor and then gave thanks that I had finally waxed the painted drawers & cupboard doors! The blender & food processor are both banjaxed, to top it all off

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