Well, a while since I've admitted to it anyway.
This one was pretty stupid.
So I've been living in a new flat for a week now and getting used to the kitchen. The electric hob is a bit tricky, it's oh-too-easy to watch something go from nothing to spillover in a matter of seconds.
But the oven. Oh the oven. It's fan-assisted, which I'm not used to. Gets hot really quickly, which means I either have to faff less during my prep time, or just preheat it for a shorter period.
It's taking a while to get used to it, and everything so far had come out with a fairly crispy top. So when it came to making a sausage pasta bake at the weekend, I found myself quickly covering it with foil after only 10 minutes - the pasta was turning black by the second.
As I mused my puzzlement to my housemate, Anita, she casually asked, "Are you sure you've got the oven on?"
"Yeh, course!" (As if I could be that stupid.)
Er, actually I am that stupid.
Turns out, I had been using the fan grill function...
Luckily I hadn't put the temperature onto the grill setting as well - I had been cooking things with the fan grill - at a high oven temperature. Even though this odd pairing seemingly worked for a couple of pies I'd already made with these settings, it clearly wasn't working for this. The pasta was burnt and the sausages underneath weren't cooking.
In the end, I just took it out and poured the filling into a wok to fry it all through. I poured in a bit of water before adding in the pasta, to try and revive the burnt bits. It kinda worked I guess, but it wasn't quite the speedy Sausage Pasta Bake I had in mind!
Fancy a laugh at my other Hungry-Jenny-Faux-Pas? Continue reading this post..