Last Sunday our younger daughter invited my husband and the rest of our family over for dinner. Great! Dinner was delicious, right up through dessert. But dessert also brought a new challenge that I thought I'd tell you about.
OMG! I hadn't seen her come over to watch what I was doing. Very fortunately, my elder daughter got the little flames in her daughter's hair extinguished before more than a few hairs were in danger, and there were no burns at all there.
My younger daughter, meanwhile, grabbed my arms and stuck them under the cold water tap, right next to where we were standing. She added ice and burn salve, keeping me from serious burns, bless her.
Eventually, a braver member of the gathering actually tried out the torch, and it's actually no good at what we needed; it doesn't get hot enough to caramelize sugar.
We used the salamander, after all, and the crème brûlée was scrumptious, but do I need to tell you that the torch will never see the light of day again? ;)