A Retford man is expected to make a full recovery, after accidentally draining his starchy cooked pasta water straight down the sink, instead of retaining it to mix in with his pasta sauce, it has been confirmed.
The incident occurred whilst Pete McBride, 45, was doing some ‘theatre cooking’, rustling up a cheeky penne with arrabiatta sauce, for himself, his wife and 2 daughters, whilst they sat at the kitchen table.
‘I don’t know how it happened’, confessed an upset McBride, after enduring a tense meal, punctuated only by quiet sobs from his 10 year old daughter and complaints that the sauce was ‘scarily bland’ and just hadn’t bound together at all.
‘Its advice in every pasta recipe in every book. In fact I could hear Ainsley Harriet’s chirpy tones stressing that ‘YOU MUST KEEP THE WATER, YOU MUST KEEP THE STARCHY WATER, YOU CAN ADD IT TO YOUR SAUCE’ as I drained it down the sink through a colander’.
‘It seemed to happen in slow motion’, continued McBride. ‘I could see my wife’s mouth drop in horror. I panicked and quickly tried to add a bit of cornflour into the pasta sauce, and a few capers, but the sauce started congealing and lumping up before my eyes.’
McBride has agreed to undertake a process of rehabilitation, including basic refresher training in how to place an empty pan under the colander to collect water, as well as watching repeats of every episode of Saturday Kitchen ever.