13 June 2013

The Danger of Buying Black Pepper in Bulk

 No picture of either my sliced finger or the peppery sea, for both were rather gruesome sights, and I like to keep this a family-friendly blog. So instead, you only get to see the end result of this tragic history. Looks kinda innocent, doesn't it?

It was 6:32 pm on a Saturday night when I realized my parents raised me right. I accidentally opened the wrong side of my extra-large black pepper container and dumped a heaping pile of pepper into the mixture of eggs, milk, and other spices that I was intending to use in a casserole.

And I said, "Oh no."

There were no tears, and no swear word crossed my lips. Bear in mind, this occurred just minutes after I accidentally sliced my fingertip while attempting to chop spinach (Umm, don't tell Angel that part). This was also one of those Saturday evenings when I had come home to an empty house and an almost empty refrigerator after an eight hour shift at school, and I had seriously wondered whether eating were truly worth the trouble of cooking.

Also, if you read this post from a few months ago, you know that in life I tend to err on the side of drama. Particularly when food disasters are involved.

But all I said was, "Oh no."

The mixture was hopeless--too peppery for any mere human being's digestive system to handle with grace. However, I hadn't yet stirred up the mixture, so the eggs could possibly be saved. There was no way I was going to lose 8 whole eggs, and thereby, the entire casserole, just because of a little pepper mishap.

I wrapped my right index finger in a paper towel, for now it had begun bleeding with a vengeance, got out a slotted spoon, and rescued the eight eggs from the sea of peppery milk they were floating in. We still had some milk left in the refrigerator, so the casserole was not lost, after all.

The second time I made it, I didn't add pepper.
Moonofsilver said...

Oh, dear.

It looks yummy.

I always forget to add pepper to food. For some reason B can tell, but it tastes the same to me.

Nicola Kirsty said...

If I used pepper for seasoning, this is exactly what would happen to me. You were a lot more refined n your reaction than I would have been though!

Anonymous said...

The same thing happened to me a few months ago. You acted a lot more sanely than I did. I panicked and stressed before thinking rationally to save the dish.

Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

LOL! Good for you for being that calm and saving your dish. I would've cussed and dumped it down the garbage disposal, then ordered a pizza. :)

Angi said...

"You can never have too much black pepper" is my motto, so I probably would have just left it and ate it anyway. I actually unscrew the tops from the pepper shakers in restaurants because it just doesn't come out fast enough for the amount of pepper I want to put on my food, and I'd be there for an hour shake-shake-shaking away while my food gets cold...haha.

Unknown said...

We have 2 kilos of unground black pepper in our pantry that was grown in cambodia. I love a lot of pepper in my food. Maybe having to grind it will help us avoid the same problem.

Susannah said...

Good for you, saving those eggs. ;-) The end result looks wonderful! :-)

Letters from a Mermaid said...

This looks so unbelievably good! :)

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Laura Darling said...

I have done the same thing with crushed red pepper. I'm pretty sure my eyes watered for days!