Epic Fail

Two failures and one more on it’s way….

1) Apple Jack booze–a complete and udder failure. I pulled it out of the freezer tonight and this shit tastes horrible!

2) My attempts at not buying any foods with a bar code this week in solidarity with Barabara Kingsolver and her family as I read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle–that went completely out the window.

And perhaps the greatest of all and which is still in the works:

3) Assuming that the Naga Jolokia chili peppers I got from the Metro Market would be just pretty hot–I may currently be making the world’s spiciest kimchi (and my hand may wither and fall off tonight).

I diced up about a dozen of the innocent looking peppers and then mixed them into a batch of kimchi with my bare hand. After tasting a piece of cabbage which didn’t have any pepper on it, I realized I may have underestimated these guys.

In fact, did.

I read now that Naga Jolokia’s are the second hottest peppers in the world coming it at a mere 855,000 units on the Scoville scale. No biggie, for comparison Habernoes register between 100,000–350,000. According to Wikipedia, “in Northern India these peppers are smeared on fences or used in smoke bombs as a safety precaution to keep wild elephants at a distance.” Likewise, they’re also the peppers used to make pepper spray.

Oddly, I find that a little reassuring. I’ve been pepper sprayed once before and in that scenario I was handcuffed already and they sprayed me about 4 inches from my face. Whereas that was brutal; this is laughable.

Cheers to making mistakes and having a good laugh about it!

PS: Let me know if you want any of this kimchi, I can’t even fathom how spicy it’s going to be.


One response to “Epic Fail

  1. Hey Shea, Your entry on failure made me laugh out loud. Everybody goofs up from time to time — except people who are afraid to try new things — which is the biggest failure of all, actually — but not everyone is so good-natured about it. I recently watched a wonderful documentary: Samuel Mockbee, Citizen Architect. I was struck by how many times either Sambo or his partner Cooker referred to projects that didn’t work out, and then said that if that hadn’t happened, they never would have gone on to do the Rural Workshop project that has inspired so many people. Humility is a wonderful teacher.

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