Why Indian Cooking is Not Friendly to Catherines

…Aside from the fact that I am not good at it, and therefore it takes me ages, and we wind up having dinner at quarter to ten on a Sunday night, quoth she, hungrily.

It’s two things, really.  Well, three, if you count the fact that I am a wuss about spices, but that’s the whole point of making my own, you see – I can get those gorgeous flavours at a heat level that I can cope with.

The trouble is that I’m a klutz.  It’s pretty rare for my hands not to have cuts or burns or scald marks or places where I’ve grated myself.  Often, I have several of these adornments simultaneously!  Which I’ve pretty much resigned myself to, incidentally, so that’s not the problem.

The problem is that most of the Indian food that I have encountered uses at least two of fresh ginger, fresh garlic and fresh chilli.  And being the aforementioned klutz that I am, it’s only a matter of time before I have rubbed ginger, garlic and chilli into my cuts, burns, and scrapes.  And, very often, my eyes and nose, even though I know better.  If I’m doing really well, I will then go one better and rub salt into them too.

There’s a reason people talk about rubbing salt into wounds…


(Still, at least this time I’m not making a lemon drink to go with it, thus giving myself a fine opportunity to squeeze lemon juice all over myself as well.  One should always look on the bright side in these situations…)

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6 comments for “Why Indian Cooking is Not Friendly to Catherines

  1. lensaddiction
    March 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Try raw lime juice on hands covered in papercuts!

  2. Iestyn
    March 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    If you use enough, all three of the problem spices can be bought crushed (not dried). I love the big Indian jars of garlic and chilli…..

    • March 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      This is true, though I’ve found they often taste rather vinegary, or of another preservative.

      (And apparently, I’d rather suffer pain than eat garlic or ginger or chilli that isn’t *proper* garlic or ginger or chilli…)

  3. March 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Oh Cate! *laughs sympathetically* No pain, no gain?!

    • March 5, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      Then I should have gained a *lot*!

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