Just a note before you begin reading, someone at this dinner party made the comment “I hope you’re not going to put this on Facebook or Youtube!!” But, well, I believe in freedom of speech and sharing a funny story so names and identities have been changed to protect the innocent
It was my ‘someone’s’ birthday and for something different it was decided that we would have fondue for dinner.
<I know fondue is technically using the melted cheese and dipping breads in it but to me the term fondue is used for chocolate fondue and oil fondue as well.>
I have eaten chocolate fondue before and loved it. Cheese fondue I have never tried but have often wanted to and I have a vague memory of using an oil fondue at some point in my life. So we moved forward with using the oil.
This was the lovingly prepared first course:
There were beef strips and prawns to be cooked in the oil.
Delicious fresh salad and bread and some yummy homemade tarragon mayonaise and homemade chilli sauce.
Although it was fun the oil spat a lot and it hurt. So I only cooked a few pieces before I sat down to tuck in.
Unfortunately before I could taste my dinner we noticed that one of the fondue pots was burning a little too enthusiastically. We tried putting the lid on the flame but to no avail.
<There is not photo for this part of the evening as we were a little preoccupied>
Luckily there was a fire blanket in the kitchen for just such an occasion.
For some reason the fire blanket didn’t put out the flames entirely. So reinforcements were called. At the same time we realized the flame on the other pot was not dying.
I’m not sure if anyone actually got to eat anything from the fondue, all the food was thrown out as it was covered with a layer of the white stuff that comes out of a fire extinguisher.
I know I ended up having birthday cake for dinner.
Things we learnt:
- Pat the wet ingredients dry. The prawns were quite wet and moist and as such when dipped in the oil, there was a lot of oil splatter.
- In general it’s good to be fire safe in the home and have a fire blanket and extinguisher. You never know when you’ll need them :p
- Be sure to read the instructions on how to use your fondue pot. Even though we did, something still went wrong.
I would still like to try again, perhaps I’ll stick with cheese fondue next time