Be aware of the dangers of balsamic vinegar. I'm at my g/f's and tried my hand at making a nice onion and red-wine jam thing recipe i found on the net.
All was going well until i added the red wine, and then some balsamic vinegar. I guess it was the fumes from that that set off the fire alarm. I tried to turn it off, but there was no button. I tried to rip it off, that wasnt happening either. Then the gas turned off. The alarm was sooo loud, and i was worried the sprinklers would go off, which would definitely mean no sex for a long time.
In Beijing, everyone lives in apartment blocks. My g/f is lucky to live in one of the best here (as am i for the time being ).
I tried to use the intercom thingy to get the security and maintenance up, bt couldnt figure it out.
Imagine my surprise (more to the point, i nearly shit myslef and let out a highly girly scream) when i open the door to go downstairs and some fuckers weilding an axe towards me. Luckily, jimbo12345 is in 1 piece still.
Apparently they had knocked, but cos of the alarm, i didnt here them. So they were about to make tinderwood of the door/my skull.
SO, never cook with balsamic vinegar, or if you do, in a well ventalated place. Fact.
My heart is still pounding now...and the food taste likes shite.