Friday, 4 July 2008

Domestic Goddess in Training

I nearly managed a post about what a domestic goddess I am these days. Nearly. I was doing so well, too, having whipped up four loaves of bread so far this week (edible, and everything) with my fancy new machine, and a batch of fairy cakes yesterday, ready for my son's party tea today (he's six today - another celebration! All go around here, you know). Once the kids were all in bed last night, I even made his cake, a yummy chocolatey one. God, I'm good, I was thinking. I am totally in this domestic goddess groove, I just need a Cath Kidston pinny and a halo to complete the look.

Then. Then I had a nice G&T and watched Heroes (evil Sylar is BACK!) before deciding to make the icing for the yummy chocolatey birthday cake. I blame the gin. I was just melting the cooking chocolate in the microwave (it's okay, Nigella does it) when I smelled a horrible smell.

Yes. Plastic bowl in the microwave. With a new molten bottom (sounds like a toiletry range) and chocolate dripping everywhere.

*sigh* Like I say, I blame the gin. So close...but no floral pinny for moi. Shucks.

10 comments:

Clare Sudbery said...

Blimey, I'm always shoving plastic bowls in the microwave! I just assume they're all right.

That was just plain bad luck, that was.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Ha ha ha ha ha! Er... sorry. Put it in a novel?

Helen said...

I used to be a domestic goddess - at least on the baking front. No longer I'm afraid. Even when I was though I managed to put a bowl in the mircrowave with a metal spoon inside it. That was for melting chocolate too!

Lucy Diamond said...

Clare - yes, definitely bad luck. Stupid non-microwaveable bowls...

Zinnia - don't laugh!! I could have been a contendah! I'm off to ice my fairy cakes - just icing sugar and water this time, I reckon...

Helen - oh no! What happened to the spoon? Did it go all Uri Geller?

Pacha said...

A halo to complete the look! Made me laugh out loud!

I have these sort of 'moments' (of smug, I am efficient and productive and self sufficient) - but need no G & T to ruin them.

Clare Sudbery said...

Incidentally, me and 6-yr-old son were making hot chocolate the other day, and he had decided to put a vaguely-marshmallow-shaped sweetie in it, which meant he needed a spoon, which he retrieved from the drawer in very efficient fashion, and I then removed from the mug before putting said mug in microwave.

"You forgot the spoon," he said.

"You can't put metal in microwaves, it might explode."

"But we can put it in the mug," he said.

"Yes, but it'll still be in the microwave."

"We could put it next to the mug?"

"No, it'll still be in the microwave. You can't put metal in the microwave."

"Is it against the law?"

"No, it's just a really bad idea."

"Can we put it on top of the microwave?"

"We could, yes, or we could just leave it here by the kettle and put it in the mug after it comes out."

"OK then."

SpiralSkies said...

Domestic slattern is way more fun anyway. Gin-drinking is always to be encouraged during chores of a domestic nature. Stops you dehydrating in the kitchen. Honest.

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

There are a couple of recipes in Nigella's books that are utterly brilliant for making you look like a domestic goddess.
My 5-year-old and I made cupcakes for the last day of school and he took them into his afterschool club and they were all "wow these are so impressive!" They have absolutley NO idea how wrong that statement is.

wontletlifedefineme said...

Hey, you nearly got there! I say you still deserve brownie points.

The opposite thing happened to me the other day. Two friends came over and I didn't have time to shop, so I just got out of the fridge whatever seemed edible and suitable for a pasta sauce - only once I got it all into a pan it smelled of vegetable soup! So I added a whole lot of herbs, which made everything look burned (all those black tiny bits in the sauce) and poached a few eggs in the sauce. My friends absolutely loved it, and it actually did taste really good. I was having dinner at their place last night and they made another comment on my really good pasta sauce...

Lucy Diamond said...

Pacha, don't laugh! Any day now, my halo will become visible to all, you wait...

Clare, I have those sort of long, drawn-out, loadsa-questions conversations all the time... Your son sounds a lot like my son!

SpiralSkies - I'm sure you're right. I wonder if there's a market for a 'How to be a Domestic Slattern' type book with a bottle of Gordons and a half-eaten cupcake on the cover?

Hello Tara, I have just eaten one of my cupcakes funnily enough... v nice decorated with M&S mini jelly babies, I find!

Hi Marjolein, and well done on the culinary triumph! Eat your heart out, Loyd Grossman...