Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It Deliciously Burns!

Cooking Adventure: Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream
Source: My Recipes
The Bellydance Soundtrack: Shimmy Baby by DJ Mosavo
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Maybe the best way to describe the process involved in this recipe, and the reason for the extremely fast bellydance accompaniment, is to relay the panicked monologue from a few nights ago:
Okay. So I've got my two jalapeños. Ah, jalapeños. My arch nemesis. Maybe I should make gloves... No. No. You know what? I'm just going to touch them with one hand and do all the cutting with the other hand. Then I'll just make sure to wash that hand really good. 

Right, so I need milk now. Whoops! Whoa! Almost grabbed the refrigerator handle. Then I would have had to clean that off.

Milk and pepper pieces are cooking - OH GOD NO! Why'd I touch my eye!? Get to the sink! Get to the sink! Flush the eye with water! Flush! Flush! ... Am I good? I think I'm okay. Phew. I'd better check that other recipe.

5 minutes later...

Whoa! Forgot about the milk! Please let it be good! And why the hell is my hand burning on the back!? I didn't even touch the stupid peppers with the back of my hand! Okay. Okay. Um. Okay, mix the melted butter with the milk, okay - WAIT! No not with the milk with the flour. OW! My hand! Stupid steam!
For Next Time: Wear gloves before I cut jalapeños. I probably should have guessed that the fiery juice from them would burn badly when I kept coughing from just inhaling the aroma while cutting them. When that stuff soaks into your pores it burns enough that you get distracted and add ingredients in the wrong order because you're spending most of the time with an ice pack on your hand. It also burns so badly that steam & other heat makes it ten times worse. Needless to say, I give credit to my husband for doing most of the oven removal and stove top stirring. 

The finished product tastes good, though. Since you don't actually use the peppers themselves in the recipe, it has a nice mild hotness to it. Although, I admit that after my cooking fiasco I haven't had more than a few spoonfuls. Peppery things haven't been on my craving list for a few days.


Danielle said...

LOL! I've never heard of anyone ever getting a burn from a jalapeno! Maybe that's the Mexicana in me, but where I'm from, jalapenos are used for mild flavor...I didn't even know that people thought they were spicy...honestly! Sorry about your bad experience, but I hope you enjoyed your dish! I love spaghetti squash!

The Blue Faerie said...

I've been living in the Midwest too long. I used to live in the South, and I could take quite a bit of spice. Maybe I just need to build up a tolerance. :)

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