Apr 10 2006
Saturday night I learn a new meaning to the word pain. I had been planning on cooking something out of my new Wagamama Cookbook but after getting up at 5:30am to help Dave with clean Mystere I crashed out in the afternoon so didn’t get around to getting the ingredients. In the end it was decided we would have fishcakes with vomit sauce (see end of post for recipe).
One of the ingredients for vomit sauce is fresh green chilli. In the absence of fresh green chilli I went and got one of dried red chillies out of the green house. I removed the seeds and chopped it as usual and immediately washed my hands as I’ve had experience of rubbing my nose without washing my hands. Ten minutes later and the food was ready, it was at this point that I got an itch in my eye…. so I rubbed it.
This was when I realised my mistake. It seems that washing my hands just wasn’t enough. Never before have I experienced such acute focused pain. I washed out my eye with cold water, and I tried putting a slice of cucumber on my eye but nothing would reduce the pain. Oddly, going into a dark room did easy the pain slightly but not much. After about 5 minutes the pain subsided slightly but it still felt like someone was pouring boiling water into my eye. In the end it took about 45 minutes for the burning sensation to go.
In future I think I might wash my hands with bleach after chopping up chillies.
Thai Fishcake Sauce (aka vommit sauce):
- 2 inches cucumber
- 2 shallots
- 1 tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
- 1 Fresh Green Chilli
- 2 tbsp. roasted peanuts
Mix/chop together in a food processor
- 110ml Wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp. Light brown sugar
Mix together then add to food processor.
NB. Only looks like vommit, tastes really good!