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rachelmanija ([personal profile] rachelmanija) wrote2017-01-08 08:40 pm

I have been forced to flee my kitchen

I attempted to roast some chestnuts. You will be unsurprised to hear that they exploded.

(Yes, I cut the little X into them.)
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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2017-01-09 04:47 am (UTC)(link)
The song didn't say anything about exploding! (I've never eaten a roasted chestnut, though, so I may not be an authority here.)
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[personal profile] st_aurafina 2017-01-09 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
Omg, they can make a fairly brutal kind of projectile, too. I hope you're okay!
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[personal profile] mildred_of_midgard 2017-01-09 05:03 am (UTC)(link)
Chestnuts 'sploding on an open fire
Shrapnel nipping at your nose
Edited (Fits the meter better this way.) 2017-01-09 06:48 (UTC)
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[personal profile] mildred_of_midgard 2017-01-09 09:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm glad the shrapnel did not actually nip at your nose. Better luck next time!
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[personal profile] likeadeuce 2017-01-09 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
I tried this on Christmas and was not impressed with the results, although looking back I can now be grateful they did not explode.
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[personal profile] thistleingrey 2017-01-09 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
I haven't figured out the roasting, either. (Usually now I boil them.)
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[personal profile] sputnikhearts 2017-01-09 01:56 pm (UTC)(link)
My parents do the same. Possibly for this reason, I wonder...
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[personal profile] eglantiere 2017-01-09 01:43 pm (UTC)(link)
only you, dude :D
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[personal profile] princessofgeeks 2017-01-09 01:48 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] yhlee 2017-01-09 04:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, I'm so sorry!

If you ever visit Seoul in the winter, buy roast chestnuts from the street vendors. They are universally wonderful. (I don't know what their non-explosion secret is, though.)
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[personal profile] yhlee 2017-01-09 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
I think my mom used to make them sometimes (but it was usually so much easier just to buy them from the street vendors--Korean street vendors are delightful). I will email her and ask her what her secret was, although I can't guarantee that I will be able to translate the response. (She emails me in Korean.)
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[personal profile] mme_hardy 2017-01-09 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Last week I went to the local Japanese stripmall (sort of a Japantown in a mall) and they were selling hot roast chestnuts from a cart outside. You might check that out sometime if they're seasonal for winter.
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cutest cooking video: exploding gnocci

[personal profile] marycontrary 2017-01-09 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)

no one is injured. his laugh is my favorite
Edited 2017-01-09 16:39 (UTC)
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[personal profile] twistedchick 2017-01-09 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
It's been a few years since I roasted them, but I cut through the outer skin -- not a small X but a long slice -- and soaked them in water for an hour or two -- because they are always a bit dehydrated -- and then covered the hot chestnuts with a wet towel so they steamed. It worked. I don't have temperatures and times immediately available but I can find them if you want. I also steam-cooked them in the microwave, same principle. They always came out delicious and none exploded.
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[personal profile] twistedchick 2017-01-09 07:03 pm (UTC)(link)
You may also be able to get pre-cooked chestnuts at Trader Joe's or World Market or other places with European food imports -- if I had a steady supply of them I'd be tempted to live on chestnut mousse, chestnut cookies and chestnut-flour nutbread.
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[personal profile] movingfinger 2017-01-09 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I bet soaking/freshness matters a lot. They get pretty husky and dried-out sitting in US groceries.
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[personal profile] mme_hardy 2017-01-09 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"It could only happen to Rachel...."
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[personal profile] movingfinger 2017-01-09 08:36 pm (UTC)(link)
That happened to me too when I tried it! uh I guess the X has to be really deep? What a mess.

I buy the pre-done peeled ones now if I need them for a recipe.
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[personal profile] dhampyresa 2017-01-09 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Rachel arrives at kitchen
Fire: On
Chestnuts: Exploding
Rachel is forcibly removed from kitchen
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[personal profile] lovepeaceohana 2017-01-10 08:52 am (UTC)(link)
I managed to smoke the shit out of some chickpeas the other day, so, yay kitchen fails?

[identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 04:45 am (UTC)(link)
Were you using a microwave or an oven? (Which interior is now covered with fluffy chestnut innards?)

[identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 04:49 am (UTC)(link)
The stuff you peel off the oven walls will still be delicious, probably.

[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
No, it overcooked. This was not one of my better efforts. I got half exploding and half failed to crack.
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[personal profile] thornsilver 2017-01-09 02:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I love the tag to this post. Do you have a separate tag for exploding diary products?

[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, and I added it to its other inspiration, which was even more dramatic.

[identity profile] lorata.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 03:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I am very sympathetic but also giggling because the title of this post is very Aaron Burr vs. the bedbugs.

[identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I know. By the way, the tag you mention has now also been applied to its other inspiration for convenient searching.

[identity profile] arielstarshadow.livejournal.com 2017-01-09 07:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Eep! Glad it sounds like there was no serious damage to anything important!

[identity profile] carbonel.livejournal.com 2017-01-13 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know if this was what caused your problem, but I discovered (yes, the hard way) that the little x has to be cut pretty darned deep in the chestnut to have any efficacy.

The third batch of chestnuts was delicious.