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Is my SIL right to be cross with me?

(84 Posts)
Annunziata Tue 19-Aug-14 21:07:06

I fed her toddler penne alla vodka. I always thought the alcohol burned off? He seems absolutely fine, he ate it all and my DC have it all the time?

HoldenMcGroin Tue 19-Aug-14 21:09:13

Vodka Pasta?

Crikey moses, I want the recipe
.* misses point *

PixieofCatan Tue 19-Aug-14 21:11:29

IIRC it's an urban myth that it all burns off, but I can't remember where I found that. I've always wanted to try it, I have a vodka chilli pasta recipe to try somewhere.

Annunziata Tue 19-Aug-14 21:14:38

It's really easy, just fry pancetta in olive oil and then garlic, and then parsley, and turn the heat up, when it's roasting put in tomatoes and then when it thickens put in vodka and stir it in well, and then take it off the heat and stir in cream and a bit of basil.

HoldenMcGroin Tue 19-Aug-14 21:14:45


Nigella doesn't cook off the vodka

You need to explain to her (not Nigella) that your recipe DOES

HoldenMcGroin Tue 19-Aug-14 21:17:18

Oh fuck x post


your recipe don't burn off the voddy

I can see why she's cross


TobyLerone Tue 19-Aug-14 21:18:27

The alcohol doesn't boil off.

lazuli Tue 19-Aug-14 21:19:09

Can see why she's cross but I doubt that any harm will ensue. Let it all blow over

Annunziata Tue 19-Aug-14 21:19:14

Whoops. Better start apologising shock


mumof6needssanity Tue 19-Aug-14 21:19:49

The way you cook it, it is not cooked off. I would not be happy if anyone fed this to my children.
Sorry im with sil.

FiveGoMadInDorset Tue 19-Aug-14 21:20:13

Sorry yes she is, vodka needs to go in early to allow the alcohol to burn off, when you put it in it doesn't have the time too.

WeAreEternal Tue 19-Aug-14 21:21:02

Why can't you just skip the vodka in the kids meal?

Maybe make the sauce upto the vodka point and then seperate out a small amount for yourself and any other adults into a different pan, and then make one with vodka and one without for the kids.

I don't really understand why it's necessary to add vodka to food that you are serving to children.
It's sounds like it would be just as nice of a sauce without.

Recipe sounds amazing. But yes, I'd be cross if you fed my three year old that. I've given him Spag Bol with wine in it, but only when the alcohol's had loads of time to cook off. Your recipe sounds more like the vodka is stirred in, heated a bit and then served. No chance to burn off the alcohol.

Annunziata Tue 19-Aug-14 21:23:02

I've just always thought it was fine blush

angelohsodelight Tue 19-Aug-14 21:24:39

Why would you put vodka in it for kids?!

QueenBean Tue 19-Aug-14 21:24:53

Vodka pasta??! I wish you were my mum

chutneypig Tue 19-Aug-14 21:28:39

I'd have thought it would evaporate pretty quickly if the sauce is hot when you stir it in.

Annunziata Tue 19-Aug-14 21:29:31

My mum used to feed all of us it, I genuinely thought it was fine.

DinoSnores Tue 19-Aug-14 21:31:23

About 85% of the alcohol would have been retained based on your cooking method:

OcadoSubstitutedMyHummus Tue 19-Aug-14 21:31:25
Hassled Tue 19-Aug-14 21:32:10

I don't really see the point of the vodka - you wouldn't actually taste anything in any case, would you?

Also - the tomatoes - tinned or fresh?

TobyLerone Tue 19-Aug-14 21:33:08

It is a complete myth that heating alcohol makes it boil off, even if you cook it for ages.

TobyLerone Tue 19-Aug-14 21:33:46

Ha. Xposted due to finding link grin

Annunziata Tue 19-Aug-14 21:34:07

Oh that chart is handy!


I wish you were my mum


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