I made a mistake today. Not that I do usually, but this was a big one, and we will probably be paying for it later.
Before you all start thinking about my conceit and being right all the time, let me explain it was in the kitchen.
Digital CameraMaggie has had some kind of tummy bug  for the last couple of days so I’ve been cooking  scrambled egg for her breakfast and rice for her dinner. We eat a lot of rice, so it’s no problem, and today I decided to do chicken in a sweet chilli and garlic sauce (packet at 39p, bargain).
The most expensive part of the meal was the chicken as I couldn’t take advantage of multi packs so had to spend four quid on just one, but my logic was to have a big dinner and then we wouldn’t want to pick (on things I haven’t got, so we’d probably starve) for the rest of the day.

I also bought 2 large mushrooms (29p) and a carrot (11p), knowing we had plenty of rice at home (40p a kilo and I get four meals out of one bag, so 10p) .
I steamed the chicken in a saucepan with a little water, then drained off the liquid and fished out half a dozen or so pieces for Maggie. I then added an onion (about 5p) and sliced half of the carrot (Hubby and I ate the rest, it was a big carrot), a clove of garlic and some fresh ginger, then cut open the sachet and added the sauce. I always leave adding mushrooms to any meal until the last five minutes so that they don’t discolour the dish too much or go too soggy.
I’ve used this particular sauce before, but as there was rather a lot of mix and looked a little dry, I added a second sachet.
And that was my mistake.
That, and not bothering to taste it as everything was cooking.

coughIt all looked very nice in the dish, and the smell was delicious. It also tasted OK until you swallowed it, then the taste buds went berserk in your mouth and it was bloody HOT
(hotter than the curry I made for Partner using a whole tub of HOT MADRAS CURRY POWDER because my curries were too mild for him, but that’s another story in another lifetime)!
windHubby was practically breathing fire and was convinced that with just one blow he could solve our condensation problem.
We struggled through with watering eyes, but could only manage half of it.
I was so angry with myself, and so apologetic to Hubby as this is one of the three meals I’ve cooked in almost 26 years that we haven’t been able to eat.

Looking on the brighter side though, any flu type bugs that may have been waiting to pounce have now been eradicated.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to HOT STUFF

  1. I was gonna say… that will kill anything that is lurking in your system! Garlic especially is soooooo good for you!

  2. amelleablelife says:

    🙂 I only read this post now! So we both have dogs with unhappy tummies! Hope Maggie bounces back quickly!

    • Thanks. She seems much better today, scrambled egg for breakfast (though she ate it at lunchtime) and plain boiled rice tonight.
      She performed on our walk this morning and though small, at least it was solid. She’s been a bit restless today, wanting to go out, but not do anything which to be honest has become tiresome as we can’t exactly open the back door and send her out into ‘the garden’, however, we aren’t ignoring her. Saying that though, she’s curled up at my feet, has a cold nose, and is snoring gently.

  3. scifihammy says:

    Oh dear – but as you say, one wrong meal every 10 years or so is pretty good going. I understand the frustration though, at the waste.
    Never mind, I’m sure it cleared the sinuses!

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