Flaming Dinner

Tonight for dinner I was making Beef Bourguignon. Shark Boy was quietly doing his homework at the kitchen table. I got to the part where I add 1/2 a cup of cognac to my large stovetop pot of vegetables, ignite it, let the alcohol burn off, and then add a bottle of red wine. (Why yes, it is a good recipe.)

I struck a match, stuck it in the pot, and WHOOSH! Bright orange flames shot all the way up into my range hood. I stepped back and surveyed this situation, mildly concerned, for about half a second when I heard:


Shark Boy walked over, looked at the still flaming pot, looked at me, and we both started laughing. It was so funny that I had just set my pot on fire. We watched it dying down, which took several minutes. "Do it again!" he yelled, still giggling.

He sat back down to his homework, but looked up after a minute and asked, "Was that supposed to happen?" which made me laugh all over again.

If you want to impress your kids, ignite dinner. Shark Boy can't wait until we have Beef Bourguignon again!

Photo from our Mother-Son hike during Spring Break.IMG_9824


Audrey at Barking Mad said...

That sounds like something Gaby would have said to me. And this is exactly why I can't be trusted to cook with alcohol. It ALWAYS ends badly!

Actually, in my house, there was a time when people were impressed when I managed to NOT ignite dinner!


Rachel said...

That is SO awesome.

and holy hell -- when did he get so grown up. OH MY WORD

Michelle Smiles said...

I've always wanted to make that dish...my husband bought me a big dutch oven for Christmas and has gently reminded me that I've mentioned that. Perhaps it is time to set dinner aflame!

Natalie of TheBusyBudgetingMama.com said...

thanks so much for leaving your comment! i'm so happy to meet a friend from franciscan!!

Love your blog and am for sure going to follow you now! look forward to checking out more. Would love to look now but i have a child that found a whistle i tried to hide. but failed. haha. time to distract.

blanket outlast yarn temperature sensitive price said...

I like your post very much this is very interesting and I really enjoyed to read this and the photos are great.
Thank you for sharing with us.

Kayla said...

I would laugh to! haha

Blog Designed by: NW Designs