March 4, 2009

the serrano incident -or- a short primer on the exfoliating effects of oatmeal


hey kids-
here's a new lesson of the day for you!

serrano peppers may produce a burning sensation on the skin if...i dont know...it floats in the air after you cut it and it lands on you.

symptoms can be indicated by an acute burning sensation on the face, like how spicy things make your mouth burn...except on the face

exhibit A:
notice in this photo series how she has spread softened oatmeal (at the behest of her roomate) all over said burning area in order to alleviate the burning

note that she is probably not having as much fun as it may appear.  after all, her face was on fire.


this is a true story...
all i know is that i was cutting up a serrano for a curry recipe i found and a couple minutes later, this.
i have to say, rubbing soft oatmeal on your face is actually kind of amazing.  it smells all oaty and you want to eat it...except my snot was dripping in it from the whole burning face thing so i decided against eating it.
happy to say, the burning went away after like, 15 or 20 minutes.
so take notes, kids.  
this could be you someday.

5 comments:

Erika Marie said...

i wish i was there for this....truly. I may have laughed, i may have helped...we may never know. but i do totally wish i was there for this...

John and Janelle said...

wow...oh my goodness...i am definitely filing this one away for future reference! I SO wish I was THERE! :)

Anonymous said...

This is why one should stick to boring, er, I mean, conventional American dishes.

Robin said...

yeouch!

i had a pepper incident once...

i cut up an unknown pepper from the organic box. for days... yes days i got burning hot off my hands whenever i touched my mouth or my eye or my...

you have my sympathy

Katie K. said...

so i was just sitting alone in a room and started laughing out loud.