Or under your fingernail, which is where I got it. And it burns. A lot.
Tonight, I was unsure about what to make for dinner, but I knew we had eggplant, so I set out in search of a recipe. I finally settled on a curry dish, found here. I started by chopping up all my ingredients and sticking the eggplant in the oven at 450 degrees:
I heated some oil in saucepan on the stove, and started adding the ingredients per the recipe. At some point during the cutting, the chopping or the adding, I got a piece of jalapeno underneath my thumb nail. As I write this … it is definitely throbbing.
When the eggplant came out of the oven, I determined that I MIGHT have baked it a little too long. But I wasn’t about to let that stop me. I added everything into the saucepan, put the lid on and let ‘er cook! I did make a few substitutions. I used Chobani Greek Yogurt (which I think worked out well!) Parsley instead of Cilantro (I did NOT know those were interchangeable!) and Garlic Powder and Ginger instead of a paste.
I must say, the end result was pretty tasty, BUT it could have used a few things:
-cous-cous as a bed – I ate both eggplants (which were, admittedly, REALLY small, but if I had a grain-type substance in there, it would have stretched the curry concoction a bit more)
-Feta Cheese (I know, I know – I think cheese should go on everything!)
Long after the dish was done cooking, Penny sat wistfully by the stove, hoping for a morsel to drop. I couldn’t believe it – the jalapeno was making my eyes water, but she (whose nose is WAY more sensitive than mine) was just fine!
All these things would have made the dish perfect! Also, I overcooked the whole ordeal a little bit – I need to learn once and for all that our stove and oven are hotter than most and that should be compensated for in recipes.
Oh well – in my book, trying new things is a win-win situation. Even if it doesn’t come out exactly the way you want it to – you learned somethin’!