fun with son and a Jalepeno
i am far too easily amused.
really i am.
we were all over @ my mom’s tonight when my son found a fresh jalepeno in my mother’s kitchen.
and of course, he wanted to know what it tasted like.
so, i asked him if he wanted to try it and he went to take a bite.
needless to say i stopped him, but i cut off the very tip of the pepper and gave it to him to try.
now peppers, like most hanging fruit/veggies, grow downward so that the tip is always the youngest (and therefore mildest) part of the pepper.
now we had warned him it could be hot, but he ate it, looked mildly surprised, and said *that wasn’t very hot*
then he asked if he could have another piece.
i let him cut another one off and watched him carefully.
first his mouth slowed it’s chewing.
then his eyes widened.
then he started trying to explain to me just how hot it was, an all but failed endeavor as he had not spit the pepper out and was trying to roll it away from his tongue while talking (and because i was doubled over and unable to stop laughing).
with some small effort, i gave him my glass and told him to get himself some water.
he still hadn’t spit the pepper out and didn’t until i told him he could (guess we taught the kids that lesson a little TOO well)
the water kinda helped, but he was certain ice would be better and rather than scoop some out of the glass of water, got some fresh from the freezer and tried to put it in his mouth.
it stuck to his upper lip and dangled there. he couldn’t get it in his mouth until he ripped it off his lip.
he finally did get it in his mouth, but it obviously wasn’t helping
of course, all the while i just could not stop laughing. but finally i had mercy on the boy and gave him a slice of bread and had him eat it, telling him to make sure each bite rested on his tongue before he started chewing . . . and of course the bread soaked up most of the pepper oils and calmed the burn considerably.
yeah – i am definitely too easily amused.
is it wrong that i’m considering leaving a habenero lying about on my own kitchen counter?