I'm blaming the stove. The same stove that set my grill pan alight only months ago. The same stove that smokes nearly every time I turn on the heat.
A lovely dinner of Swiss chard (sautéed with bacon and onions), marinated pork loin, and quinoa was under way on the stove top. The quinoa was bubbling in its pot - my only pot, the pot I cook oatmeal in, boil water for tea in, reheat leftovers in - with the proper amount of water and a little splash of wine for flavour. Yes, the heat was on high, but there was still double the amount of liquid to grain, so I left it to do what its meant to do.
Now, I do admit to not being a terribly attentive cook. I believe in efficiency, and so like to do more than one thing at a time. Having assembled the components of the meal while putting yesterday's dishes away, I took the opportunity of the quinoa needing to absorb all the liquid to take care of some online business. Legitimate business, mind, not idle surfing of the internet but banking and suchlike. I could smell that distinctive smell of something becoming far too hot far too quickly, but wanted to do just...one... more...thing before returning to the kitchen.
Only I did one more thing too many, for the pot had boiled dry, the quinoa had burned quite solidly to the bottom.
I managed to salvage enough for my supper (though it tasted rather...hmm...roasted) and left the pot to soak, though it really seemed to be a hopeless case.
Two hours later, I rather badly wanted a cup of hot chocolate so I boiled up the water in my one and only frying pan. Boiling water seemed safe enough, even for me.
Maybe I should have my own cooking show. We can call it One Pot Cooking With Tess.