Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Requesting Advice

I really like to cook, especially for special occasions or when I know others are going to be enjoying my concoctions. Recently I have had several opportunities to do this. On Sunday afternoon I made spiced peanuts for the Smith's Christmas gathering. The process went like this...
  • Roast peanuts on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile boil water, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Pour roasted peanuts into spice mixture
  • Spread coated peanuts on wax paper until dry.
This went fairly well, although they stuck together more than I thought they would. The only problem I had was that a few of the peanuts went underneath the eye of the stove when I was pouring them into the spice mixture... this is not good.

Last night, I made dinner for Jason and Diana, I was boiling some water on the same eye and one of the peanuts caught on fire. Flames shortly started to rise up the side of my really nice pot. I had no idea what to do... I called Matt, um... honey, I kinda started a fire... he was able to be patient with me... "What?"...

I asked him what to do, he didn't really have a response except for, how big is the fire?

Thankfully, the flames subsided once the peanut was thoroughly burnt to a crisp. So I didn't have to save our precious house from flames (Secretly I wouldn't mind if our house burnt down).

But, my question is, if the flames didn't go out by themselves, how would you recommend I put the fire out?

8 comments:

Kim Smith said...

Generally, you would use a fire extinguisher. Do you have one of those?

Lex said...

ALWAYS use a fire extinguisher!! You should invest in a small one and put it close to your stove (I keep mine under the sink). If you've never used one before, there are instructions on the FE and online...it's pretty easy.

Shannon Smith said...

What they said. You can get them at Target, Lowe's, etc.. We have one in the kitchen and one by the laundry, but since your laundry is in your kitchen, one should suffice.

About the house burning down, you may not want to wish for that. The house is replaceable, but there are plenty of things in there that are not: pictures, love letters from Matt, souvenirs from trips you've taken, etc.. Our house burned down when I was 11 and I lost all of my bowling trophies. It was tragic.

traci said...

We need to get a fire extinguisher... maybe I'll ask for that for Christmas :)

Good point on the momentos. Most of my love letters from Matt are hanging on our fridge. I would hate to loose those. Not to mention Bear Bear and our brand new fantastik mattress.

Emily Mitchell said...

if it's just a little fire on your stove top, you can pour some baking powder on it --- much cheaper than a fire extinguisher and great for smallish kitchen fires :)

Mandy said...

When you said you wouldn't mind if your house burnt down, the first thing I thought of "what about Bear Bear"? :) Yes we have a fire extinguisher in our kitchen as well and then one upstairs too.

Dana Enzor said...

Since you kinda want your house to burn down, why stop it? Evacuate and grab a few irreplaceable things, some S'more makings and sit outside and enjoy the show! haha :)

Mip said...

fire extinguishers are great (i should get one too). Except for grease fires. I used to live near a fire station that had a permanent outdoor sign that said, "put a lid on grease fires!" So i guess that must be important to know. :P

hmm..http://firstaid.about.com/od/hazardousmaterials/ht/06_greasefire.htm