This morning, before I went to church, this is what I posted on my Dina Dishes Facebook page: I can feel the panic set in at the realization I am out of ghost and scorpion peppers.
It was true. I was in a panic. I ran out of peppers with no plants bearing any fruit. I tried a few places where I thought I had seen markets selling them, but none were to be found. Now what am I to do? I only had one jar of ghost pepper jelly left after giving ample jars away. My scorpion pepper toffee depleted. As I had posted a couple of weeks ago, “Sometimes I feel like a dealer for family, friends, neighborhood, and now John’s coworkers. I am sorry I am out of scorpion pepper crunchy toffee. No, I do not know when I am making them again. Yes, I will let you know when a new batch is made.”
After church, as a last ditch effort, I went to a place I know that has been consistent in selling items that were hard to find. As I was driving there I was thinking, “what two items could I not live without if I was stranded on a desert island and was given the opportunity to bring them with me, because as we all know, we have advance knowledge of knowing when and where we will be stranded!”
The first, of course, that popped into my head was a ghost or scorpion pepper plant. One, because I love the fruitiness of the pepper itself. Two, I could hide the flavor of an awful thing I had to eat (like ants!) in which if I added enough peppers, the heat would kill my taste buds and I wouldn’t taste a thing.
The second would be chickens. I didn’t say how many of the two items I would get. I’m thinking I would get three of the pepper plants and three chickens (hopefully one a rooster). This way I would get eggs, and eventually breed more chickens to have, well, chicken. And the peppers would go perfectly with either eggs or chickens.
Well, since I won’t be stranded on a desert island soon, I hope, I still can venture out and try to find my peppers.
Crisis averted because, viola, I found them at the market where I had seen them before. I bought quite a few peppers. So now I’m thinking I need to expand my pepper recipe repertoire and come up with some new ones for me, and you, to enjoy. Panic is now gone with a dollop of scorpion pepper honey mayonnaise on my hamburger.
Until next time, happy creating.