Here’s an interesting
article I found on “The Australian” website.
I think I feel like a
roast right now !!!
Sunday roast kitchen's
most dangerous meal, insurance study shows
- by:Valentine Low
- From: The Times
- July 30, 20132:47PM
Sharp knives, hot fat and pans
full of boiling water combine to make a roast meal the most perilous thing one
can do in the kitchen Source: Taste.com.au
THE Sunday roast is the
cornerstone of British culinary tradition, a meal whose origins may lie
obscured in the annals of gastronomic history but which is guaranteed to evoke
nostalgic feelings about childhood weekend joints with all the trimmings.
It is, however, also the most
dangerous meal that can be prepared in the kitchen, according to a report
carried out by an insurance company. Sharp knives, hot fat and pans full of
boiling water combine to make a roast meal the most perilous thing one can do
in the kitchen (apart, that is, from a man telling his wife that his mother's
roast potatoes were really so much better).
The next most dangerous
dishes, according to the report, are chicken tikka masala, a full English
breakfast, fish and chips and bangers and mash. The least risky dishes are said
to be beans on toast, followed by boiled egg and soldiers.
The report said: "The
elements that put the Sunday roast top of the ranking include the risk involved
with simultaneously cooking a variety of ingredients, the number of knives
needed for peeling and chopping, the potential for pans to boil over and the
severity of burns which could be caused by hot oil, spitting fat or heat from
One of the surprises in the
report is that it does not put making chips - with its attendant risk of a chip
pan fire - at the top of the dangerous list. It is also curious that chicken
tikka masala is second. While the dish is undoubtedly popular, it could be
argued that it is not often cooked at home.
Perhaps the survey was
referring to the hazardous activity of opening a takeaway container or the
painful consequences of not pricking the top of a ready-meal container before
putting it in the microwave.
Food safety experts would also
argue that there are plenty of dishes that would involve far more danger to the
individual, such as anything reheated, or mayonnaise made properly with raw egg
yolks. Perhaps, however, the survey did not include salmonella poisoning in its
list of undesirable outcomes. As for beans on toast, its risk rating of 2 out
of 100 (compared with 73 out of 100 for the Sunday roast) presumably does not
include the possibility of the tin having to be opened with an old-fashioned
can-opener, one of the more risky kitchen practices.
Shelina Permalloo, winner of
Masterchef 2012, added: "Given the number of elements and crucial timing
involved in cooking a Sunday roast dinner, it's not surprising it's the
riskiest to prepare. It's important to give yourself plenty of time - running
around like a headless chicken will undoubtedly lead to an accident.
"Make sure you have all
the preparation, such as peeling and chopping, done before you start on the
cooking - trying to do everything at once is tricky to manage. Don't be
distracted because pans on the hob can easily boil over and roast potatoes in
oil can get dangerously hot. Preparation in advance will also allow you to
relax and enjoy your Sunday roast with your friends and family."
Phil Ost, home insurance
expert at Zurich, said: "The modern kitchen is a feast of gadgets and
gizmos which can easily become a recipe for disaster.However, our 2013 risk
assessment shows that it's the more you have going on at once when cooking
which is likely to result in an accident, with the greatest danger being a
2013 News Limited. All times AEST (GMT +10).
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