March 7th, 2006

Egrets Reading

Never remove contact lenses after chopping jalapeños....

Just thought I'd offer an important safety tip from personal experience, NEVER, NEVER remove soft contact lenses immediately after chopping a jalapeño pepper!

Tonight, I had the brilliant idea to cook posole. This turned out to be a hellish ordeal (even though I must say that the resulting soup was excellent!). First, Albertson's had absolutely no cilantro in their produce department, which meant I had to make an extra trip to Ralph's for a 27 cent bundle of cilantro. Then, neither store had any fresh poblano peppers, which meant that I decided to substitute a can of chopped chiles. (However,the fact that I didn't need to roast the pepper, peel it, and discard seeds & membrane did buy back a little of the time I lost looking for the cilantro.).

But, the real problem came because I decided to remove my contact lenses while the posole was simmering on the stove. Even though I triple-washed my hands, that jalapeño pepper was incredibly strong because I've never had my eyes burn so much in my life! In the future, if I feel a need to remove my contact lenses after chopping another jalapeño, I'm going to wash my hands about twenty times and wait a minimum of two or three hours.

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