OK, I'm avoiding working this morning. I woke at 6:30 and got up soon after, but it is now nearly 9:30 and I'm still in my jammies, drinking my second HUGE mug of tea, and still blogging. I think I have too many things to do and it is messing with my head when I try to prioritize, so my response is to do nothing!!
Yesterday I was in town for some errands and I saw a sign that said, "still roasting chilies." For those of you who are not in the know about chilies, in this part of the country, fresh roasted green chilies are a must. In the fall when the crops are taken in to market, many places have big barrel roasters into which the chilies are tossed. A source of heat, usually propane, heats the barrel to amazing temps while the barrel is rotated on spit. This makes the chilies "sweat" and the skins blister. It only takes about five minutes. Then the chilies are dumped into plastic bags and partially sealed. This makes the peels separate from the chili pulp. You take the bag home and do whatever you wish with them, use them right away or freeze them or store them in some other way.
Alright, so the "season" is about over. Most of the chilies are in and sold. I thought that I'd missed my chance for this year, so when I saw the sign, I flipped a U-ey. They asked if I wanted a half-bushel or a full bushel. I thought a moment and said a full one. My thought was that Allan hadn't mentioned getting any and he has been very busy, so I might share with him. And Gail might want some, too.
Back home, I started cleaning the chilies. ALWAYS wear rubber gloves when you do this. Unless you're only handling a couple chilies, the oils will penetrate your skin and burn like hell. You won't notice it right away, but in an hour or so, you'll think you hands have been thrust into the blazing fire that roasted the chilies!! AND ... it is almost impossible to get rid of it. I did it one time, and my hands hurt for hours, despite repeated washing and soaking in colc water. Anyway, you grab a chili with one hand and usually the skin will pretty much just slide off in the other hand. It is messy, but an easy job. Occasionally you'll find a chili that somehow escaped sufficient fire to separate the skin, and by the time you wrestle the skin loose, the chili is pretty much in pieces. I use those to cook something right away or occasionally just toss it. If it is too torn up, it is hard to use.
So I was cleaning chilies when Gail came home. I did half the chilies, then stopped to fix dinner and eat. I decided to do the rest this morning. And, like it or not, I have to do that when I finish here. I called Allan who informed me that he did get some, and oops, forgot to tell me! OK, so I have some extra. Then Gail seemed to be disinclined to take any of them because of a previous bad experience with such (you can ask for mild, but what you get is what you get!!). So-o-o-o-o-o-o. I'll have a full bushel in my freezer by noon today. That's a lot of chilies for one person. Guess I might have to throw a party!!
Hmmm. I had something else to blog about, but it escapes me. I'll go clean chilies and get back with you later. Wow, you might get three posts from me today! Aren't you just so special?
...Life is beautiful!!!
(Brought to you today in lovely "chili green.")