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Old 05-14-2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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Have you ever "MacGyvered" a meal?

The latest ads for Dinner:Impossible with Robert Irvine use the line "this chef doesn't just prepares meals, he McGyver's them".

For those of you too young to remember, McGyver was a TV show with Richard Dean Anderson. He was an agent of some kind and got out of sticky situations using common items and creativity. Now, even Webster's New Millenium Dictionary has a definition:

Main Entry: McGuyverPart of Speech: nDefinition: any person who handily uses everyday objects to find a way out of a dangerous or difficult situationEtymology: based on the television show and character of this nameUsage: also used attributively and as a verb




I have many examples but I think that the one that best fits the definition was just after DH and I got married and we were having our combined families for dinner. I had this beautiful baron of beef roast and put it in early because my plan was to make beef dips so it didn't need to be hot. Well my first indication that something was wrong should have been the night before when I was stirring a pot with a metal spoon and went to turn the heat down and got a huge electrical shock. So, when I checked the roast after an hour and it was barely warm, I should really have been aware that the stove wasn't working properly. But it wasn't until 2 hours later, with only another 2 hours before guests arrived that I finally figured out this roast was NOT cooking. It was brown on the outside but totally raw when it should have been done or close to it. There was snow on the ground so the BBQ was out and my other option was a very tiny toaster oven. We didn't want to use the top of the stove because of my shocking experience. So, we ended up cooking it in a covered roaster on a small butane burner we have for camping. We used 5 cans of butane to finish it off!!!! I even made my gravy on it afterwards and everyone was raving about the meal. We never let on. However, that same day my Dad surprised us with a sizeable cheque as a wedding present and the very next day we went out and bought a new stove with a wonderful convection oven!

Have you ever had to Macgyver something?

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Old 05-14-2008, 01:39 PM   #2
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My oven broke last winter, I made lasagna on my grill :)
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:42 PM   #3
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Macgyver would be proud of you Suzi......and so am I!!!
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awwww thanks! ... but all the credit for that one should go to Andy M! I used the thing for an oven for about 2 weeks!
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I once invited some friends for dinner, tried to make a cheese souffle, I still donīt know what happened, it finished off as a very nice cheese sauce for the vegetables!!!
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:12 PM   #6
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I once invited some friends for dinner, tried to make a cheese souffle, I still donīt know what happened, it finished off as a very nice cheese sauce for the vegetables!!!
Most people would have not used it at all! I am sure it was delicious.
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Have you ever had to Macgyver something?
One, when I was being held captive, I made a parasail out of some nylon material, my bootlaces and a wall fan...... No wait, maybe I saw than on MacGuyver....
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Pacanis, have you never had to be creative to get yourself out of a bind when cooking?
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:29 PM   #9
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No, not that I can think of. Even when I've cooked for friends or family, things have always gone as well as expected. Just lucky I guess.
Wait, one time (seriously) I ran out of propane for the grill. I had charcoal, but not a charcoal grill....... don't ask me how that comes about..... so I took a piece of thin sheetmetal and knocked a bunch of holes in it with a hammer and screwdriver, set it on a couple bricks layed flatways and set my charcoal on that to light. Then I turned four bricks on end and set the grate from the propane grill on them. It worked for a makeshift grill to finish whatever it was I was cooking.
I don't know how creative that was..... I was just hungry
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No, not that I can think of. Even when I've cooked for friends or family, things have always gone as well as expected. Just lucky I guess.
Wait, one time (seriously) I ran out of propane for the grill. I had charcoal, but not a charcoal grill....... don't ask me how that comes about..... so I took a piece of thin sheetmetal and knocked a bunch of holes in it with a hammer and screwdriver, set it on a couple bricks layed flatways and set my charcoal on that to light. Then I turned four bricks on end and set the grate from the propane grill on them. It worked for a makeshift grill to finish whatever it was I was cooking.
I don't know how creative that was..... I was just hungry

Hmmmm. Just thinking. Could you have built the charcoal fire in the gas grill?
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