Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rosey's recipe

This week’s prompt at Sunday Scribblings is one word, recipe. Well, I cooked for years. I was a chef, so when I read it my mind suddenly became a recipe book! Should I write out the instructions for creating Daube de Boeuf Provencal or would Viejas con Papas Aarrugadas be more suitable? Perhaps not!


And then my thoughts drifted back to the time my friend Rosey asked five of us to her pad for lunch. I remember that she’d been given a recipe by our mate Bernie for something called Prenez Garde de ce plat Eclate. He’d suggested she have a go at it. He was the first to arrive that memorable Sunday morning and he greeted us with a glass of plonk and a suspiciously knowing smile. Rosey was slaving away in the kitchen, wooden spoon in one hand and a glass of Chardonnay in the other.


It was one of those meals where everyone contributed something – Rosey had more than enough to do preparing the main course. I made some mushroom pate with which to start the feast and someone else had made a spotted dick and custard. Bernie brought wine, and a selection of cheeses appeared courtesy of one of the girls.When Rosey’s creation was safely in the oven we all took our seats and got started on my pate.


When we’d finished Rosey looked at her watch, squinted, then looked again before declaring that the Prenez Garde de ce plat Eclate was probably ready.Bernie took advantage of the space between courses to go out into the garden for a cigarette from where he watched Rosey through the kitchen window with a rapidly broadening grin on his face.


Well, I thought a bomb had landed! There was an enormous bang and the sound of a breaking window pane. We all jumped out of seats and Bernie dived for cover as shards of glass flew into the garden. Fuzzybutt and Scruff shot across the room and launched themselves into their basket. Rosey staggered into the room holding a half empty dish in her oven-gloved hands. Her face was blackened with smoke dust and she was wearing most of the main course all over her apron. It seems that just as she was about to open the oven, her creation exploded blowing the door off and shattering the kitchen window.


Needless to say Bernie was suitably chastened by what had just happened. Fortunately Rosey saw the funny side of it and started to giggle. In no time at all everyone was in fits of laughter. Even Bernie had a rueful smile on his guilt ridden face! He knew that the recipe was designed to explode, but not quite in the way it did. But then Rosey is never one to measure ingredients so it’s more than likely she put ten times as much of the offending constituent in than she was meant to! Interestingly, although a couple of us including Rosey could speak French,  no one realised that  Prenez Garde de ce plat Eclate translates as Beware this Dish Explodes!




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15 comments:

  1. OMG, what a recipe that was! Still laughing.

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  2. Lol what a lot of excitement cooking explosive dishes. Great story

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  3. I want that recipe, I could have such fun with that.
    When I was younger my nephew Terry and I concocted a recipe of sponge rubber lamingtons to trick my Mum with, it was hilarious when she bit into them.

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  4. Great stuff. Went down a bomb! Jae

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  5. That was hilarious !! i needed that...was having a boring time at office :)

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  6. damn, that was one dinner party that went with a bang !

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  7. Fantastic! You could only do that with a friend who had an amazing sense of humor!

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  8. Hilarious. I think I may have prepared this dish in the past. I just didn't know it was French :)

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  9. This is one of those stories you just don't want to end as it is so enjoyable all the way through.

    Really great work Keith.

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  10. This is one of those stories you just love to bits! Deliciously entertaining!

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  11. Always love to read your posts. Bravo!

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  12. This is where you can tell 1) my age and 2) what season of life I am in.

    The first thing I thought was "Is she ok? did she get glass shards in her skin? Did she have to go to the hospital?"

    Yeah, I'm in a different season of life.

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  13. This is where you can tell 1) my age and 2) what season of life I am in.

    The first thing I thought was "Is she ok? did she get glass shards in her skin? Did she have to go to the hospital?"

    Yeah, I'm in a different season of life.

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  14. haha I knew she was in trouble when she had the spoon in one hand and the wine in the other!
    crazy sweet Rosie! I guess it was the pate and the custard for the main course! xo

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