Saturday, October 6, 2012

things you know you shouldn't do but do anyway and then regret later


An example:

1. Slice and de-seed roasted chile peppers with your bare hands because you're certain they're really not that hot, and there aren't any gloves around anyway. Then spend the next 6 hours soaking your hands in a bowl of iced milk. Ay yi yi. It burns.

2. Forego labeling about half of the pepper seedlings you planted in the garden this spring because you ran out of little wooden sticks, and think somehow you'll remember or be able to visually identify which plant is which. Then realize this isn't so. (See #1 above).

3. Bake this recipe with the roasted chiles because you're convinced it will be okay to eat them and really really want to use them. (Homegrown food is immeasurably valuable, after all, and not to be wasted!) Besides you like spicy food and you know for a fact these peppers are not habaneros. Then, have a beautiful dish that you used nearly the rest of your eggs, milk, and cheese to make, but which is in fact, super fiery hot and completely inedible.


Oops.

15 comments:

  1. Oh no! Those things can be dangerous!

    You know, I think I have the best hot pepper story ever. My EX used to like to get "sexy" in the kitchen (his definition of the word, not mine.) Let's just say that his definition of the word included waving a certain male appendage at me.

    Well... one day he decided to impress me with his newly discovered culinary abilities, and was making a dish involving fresh jalapeno peppers. So he's standing there chopping fresh jalapenos and decides to do his little "sexy" thing. Let's just say that jalapeno juice and certain tender male appendages don't mix! I think that was the end of the "sexy" in the kitchen routine. Can't say I was sorry to see that particular tradition come to an end! Karma anyone?

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  2. aaaaaah! I have SO been there. Even iced milk barely does anything. :(

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  3. Hi Jamie,
    Oh I have been there. I do silly things like that. I am learning to go slower and think before I do things,
    Hugs,
    Eizabeth

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  4. I completely understand. I have a bumper crop of "medium"hot block peppers that are ridiculously hot this year. With two little eaters at the table this year I just don't know what to do with them, even if I could handle the heat, which sometimes I can't, I know they can't handle it.

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  5. Great reminder, and the casserole sure LOOKS good!

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  6. Oh you poor thing XO I have SO done things like that!!!!!!!!!

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  7. OH NO! I can commiserate on making things inedibly hot...I'm scarred from a particularly brutal tomato soup I made FIVE years ago. And then on the front of hurting your body with hot things.. my husband sat down his fork the other night somehow managed to launch a red pepper flake into his EYE. It was all very dramatic. Sorry about your hot food and ingredients going to waste.. I promise five years form now it will make you laugh. :)

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  8. I've done that with hot peppers too, but not NEARLY as bad as you did! Poor Jaime!! I have found that if I wash my hands immediately after handling the peppers with lots of soap and warm water that it removes most of the peppers' volatile oils and makes it a little better. Sorry about your lovely casserole too. :(

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  9. What a shame! It is such a beautiful presentation, too. I am guilty of the 'don't need the rubber gloves' thing, too.

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  10. Ha. Ha. Been there. One year I worked with jalapenos with my bare hands and they were on fire. But I also touched the faucet in the kitchen. Then my dad drank straight from the faucet and his lips were on fire. We had a good laugh at that one.

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  11. What a pepper adventure! Been licked too many times by those peppers, so all I grow are the milds and just bum a few hot suckers off friends as needed!

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  12. Oh dear.... : ) Lessons learned for next time....at least that's what I always tell myself when these things happen!

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  13. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has done this! I always end up with an eye on fire a few hours later.

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  14. oh man, i have sooo been there with making things too hot. yes.i.have. i love spice and living in Texas have acquired a taste for Mexican. my heat tolerance goes up and up. some days, i live to regret it.

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  15. GREAT post.
    Poor you!
    That is SO something I would have done. I could have written this.
    XO

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