Written by | Posted November 19, 2013 – 4:46 pm Deconstruction

Bad things are happening in Stormwind – and beyond.

The Hand of Lothar, they call themselves.

Yva Darrows was their first target.

Tirith and Aely were their second and third.

They have since… expanded their reach and escalated their methods …

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Don’t Cook and Raid, Burns Cause AFK’s
comment 6 Written by on January 7, 2010 – 3:29 pm

I love cooking. This is no secret to people that I raid with (or who are in game with me) as I frequently babble about food wherever I can get someone who will listen. However, I’ve learned a few things since I started raiding. Most of those things, I’ve learned through experience.

Usually painful experience.

(I’ll save the traitorous, deceitful avocado for another day.)

This is one of those experiences. I may have told it before, in which case, I’m sorry, and you can go read something else :P   I was reminded of it when reading Amber’s Random post today.

This story takes place just around the time that Too Many Annas came into existence, nearly two years ago. I was a full-time Resto Shaman back then and had only been raiding with TRI for about 5 months. Spaceship Hubby was (and always has been) his tanky pally self and was one of the four MT’s we needed back in the bad old days. He was a resistance tank for that particular fight, if I remember correctly.

But I digress.

We were, at the time, taking our first steps into Serpentshrine Cavern. I was a middle school choir teacher at the time, and craziness had invaded my day (duh), so our dinner wasn’t done until after the raid started.  I had chosen to make a frittata – which is basically an omelet that you bake in the oven, or like a quiche made in a skillet with no crust: eggs + stuff + oven + bake until done – since it didn’t require me to babysit it much.

The timer dinged that it was finished during a quick break before we pulled Hydross.

Running into the kitchen, in an attempt to not slow down the raid, I grabbed a pair of plates, pulled the pan out of the 450F oven (with a hot mitt) and then couldn’t find the spoon to serve it. I took off the hot mitt, got the spoon, and turned back to see what looked like my every day, normal old, metal-handled omelet pan sitting on the stove.

My brain said “That is your omelet pan. You make eggs in it all the time. The handle doesn’t get hot on the stove!”

And I grabbed the handle.

Perceptive readers will remember that crucial bit about how you don’t make a frittata on the stove. You bake it in a rather hot oven.

My hand went *psssst*, and stuck to the handle of the pan.

I’m told I made a very interesting noise at that point, and Spaceship Hubby said rather quickly “afk, kitchen catastrophe” – which, as a resistance tank was particularly problematic for the raid’s ability to just keep going, and as a raid healer, was also somewhat bad.

My careless stupidity held up a raid for 20 minutes while he found some gauze and some aloe for my thoroughly 2nd degree burned palm, and I tried not to pass out with my hand under the running cold tap in the kitchen sink.  Of course, then I realized that the blistering was just going to hurt like hell whether I raided or not. So I made some UI adjustments, took two Ibuprofen, and went back to raid healing, balancing a bag of frozen peas in my hand to keep it cold.

(When the peas thawed, I found a bag of frozen corn.)

That was the night that convinced me that I would really probably do OK with this new-fangled Clique addon.

It was also the reason that the title of this post was my raid forum signature for quite some time.

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6 Responses to “Don’t Cook and Raid, Burns Cause AFK’s”

  1. I remember when that happened. Cooking can sometimes be painful, but the results are often worth it. I always enjoy swapping food idea’s with you too.

    By Meldrak on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply
  2. @Meldrak – It’s quite fun, especially since it lets us both get a few new recipes in the rotation :)

  3. Great timing on the post Anna, tonight my wife was making brownies with the kids when I told her that I had signed us up to raid Icecrown tonight. Brownies went into the oven, the wife and I went to the computers and fired up in time to get the invites.

    As my wife was flying over to the entrance the timer on the brownies went off and like any sane person went after the brownies….While she was flying to Icecrown. Well you know how things get sometimes and while she was checking the brownies she saw something else that needed her attention (by this time I assume she had overshot Icecrown and was on her way past Wintergrasp Fortress). Then she needed to take a bio break before the raid started and did so. By the time she got back to the computer she had ended up overshooting sholozar baisn and had flown 45 seconds into her fatuige timer. Needless to say she didn’t make it back to land. Ended up having to take the rez sickness and delayed the start of the raid by ten minutes.

    But it was worth it, the brownies were great!

    By Abruk on Jan 7, 2010 | Reply
  4. Oh yes. Lake Wintergrasp brought us many a very dark dish. “Oh, it’s just starting, while xy is on the stove I can just quickly defend….” Something rings in the kitchen and from time to time I manage to tell the Bear that he should take a look, but mostly I’m so absorbed I don’t even do that.

    By Sorrel on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply
  5. Been three – done that. Putting frying pans in the oven is very dangerous business for my poor hands. I was making a baked chicken dish with orange that sounded fabulous. After browning it on the stove, it then went into the 450* oven for 40 minutes. After removing said pan from the oven, I logically put it on the stove, where the bottom of the pan wouldn’t hurt my counter tops. Thus, 30 seconds later when I turned back around to take the chicken out, my brain said “saute pans can be grabbed with your bare hand.” Sure enough, sizzling and a screech came out as I nearly pulled the entire dish to the floor. Fortunately, it ended up on the stove. However, my hand was rather … blistered … for days.

    So! My new rule of thumb : when removing a saute pan from the oven, immediately (do not pass Go, do not collect $200) invert an oven mitt OVER the handle. Then when your brain says “why is there an oven mitt on the handle,” you’ll remember.

    Tales from the kitchen … dangerous stuff!

    By Niyahti on Jan 8, 2010 | Reply
  6. The toaster oven is the best thing to happen to raid cooking since the Fish Feast. No preheating, toss your food in, set the temp and timer, and when the food is done it goes DING and stops cooking, ready for you to retrieve and eat after the boss dies(or next wipe, as the case may be)

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