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Kitchen Disasters and Fixes iPhone App Giveaway

June 4, 2012

It’s 5:30 pm on a Saturday. The cheesecake you pulled out of the oven two hours ago has a gash as wide as the San Andreas Fault, the roast beef is sitting on the counter crusted in charcoal cracklings, and your guests are arriving in an hour. You sigh and brush your disheveled hair off your face, fighting back the tears.

Be strong. This is no time for a breakdown or to reach for the phone to call your favorite takeout place.

There is a simple solution! Charmian Christie’s Kitchen Disasters and Fixes iPhone app. Charmian’s app will tell you to just scrape off the roast’s burnt surface, then slice and serve. No one will know any better! And since a cracked cake surface is merely cosmetic, simply spray a thick layer of whipped cream over the top and decorate with berries. It’s all good. Your dinner party can still be a success!

Charmian is a food writer, recipe developer and blogger (at Christie’s Corner) who has had her share of kitchen disasters yet has lived to cook another day. Her work appears in a wide variety of publications, including The Globe and Mail, More, Edible Toronto, Canadian Gardening, Relish, and Natural Health. After all the cooking and recipe-testing she’s done, you can trust that her advice, tips and tactics are sound.

One problem I’ve run into again again is making my curry too spicy. Now if I had Charmian’s app right from the start, I’d know to temper the heat with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream at the table with just one swipe of my iPhone. Instead I had to figure this out on my own. Charmian also offers another tip I haven’t tried—add something sweet like raisins or mangoes to the pot. Genius!

With my liberal shakes of the wrist, there’s another problem I encounter often—a too-salty stew. Thank goodness for my mum who advised me to add potatoes to absorb the saltiness and/or to add sugar. Charmian’s suggestion? A splash of vinegar or two.

In lieu of time and a kitchen sage, Charmian’s Kitchen Disasters and Fixes app will come to the rescue. The app also serves up avoidance tactics that are indispensable in the kitchen.

I know, we could all really do with Charmian’s app and as luck would have it, I have two free promo codes to give away. Just leave a comment telling us your ultimate kitchen disaster, and if you managed to salvage it, how did you do it? We’ll randomly pick two winners in a weeks’s time.

I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, June 12th!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2012 4:33 pm

    Hi everyone, thanks for sharing for kitchen disasters! The 2 winners are Ann Olsen and Momgateway! Congrats and I’ll be in touch soon.

  2. Steve permalink
    June 6, 2012 3:15 pm

    It’s been awhile but I remember wanting to make the dessert when a local priest came to dinner. I decided to make angel food cake. So far so good but somewhere along the way I thought it clever to turn it into devil’s food cake by adding cocoa or chocolate. Well I don’t know the chemistry of what happened but instead of being light and airy it was flat and dense, closer to a frisbee… Didn’t taste horrible but it certainly couldn’t be called devil’s, or angel, food cake.

  3. June 5, 2012 8:45 pm

    My sister-in-law found that the grape juice was not as sweet as she wanted for our guests so she added what she thought was fine sugar but it was actually fine salt!!

  4. June 5, 2012 10:29 am

    My diaster was one of timing actually. I made my Mom’s leg of lamb with slivers of garlic randomly stuck in it and paired it with my Dad’s potatoes that cook along side the rack in the same pan but I guess I didn’t really pay enough attention to my Dad’s part because by the time the lamb was done, although the potatoes were the same wonderful dark color that I remembered they were still raw inside! not soft and delicious like I remember. This was an easy fix since my dinner guests were friends and didn’t mind that I had to put the potatoes back in for about 30 minutes more, besides I had lots of wine!! :-) It all came out great in the end.

  5. Christine T permalink
    June 5, 2012 1:04 am

    My ultimate disaster was thinking the salt was sugar and adding that to a cake batter ! Had to throw it away cos who will eat salty chiffon cake !

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