For someone who can’t handle spicy food, I sure seem to make a lot of recipes featuring jalapeños. And Luke says I never cook things specifically for him, hah.
A little while ago, we picked up a pound(!) of jalapeño peppers for $1 at Haymarket. So what the heck do you do with a pound of jalapeños? I can’t eat them, and there was no way I was going to prepare separate dinners every night, especially if one involved working with hot peppers.
I was inspired by a jam I found on Etsy to make my own jalapeño jelly. It seemed easy and straight-forward, and well, it was. It’s just that in the process of making this jelly for my wonderful husband, I managed to irritate every mucous membrane on my face. Seriously. Ever have the inside of your nose start burning? Or your tear ducts? It’s quite unpleasant. I ran around the kitchen fanning my face and cursing. I tried dipping a tissue in milk and stuffing my nose with it. Not my proudest moment.
In the end, I just had to suffer through the agony, all for these three jars of jelly. Apparently, it’s good jelly. I honestly can’t tell you, since I can’t even smell the stuff without my nose tingling unpleasantly. But Luke says it’s good. And so did Luke’s boss who scored one of the jars.
I’ll let you in on what else I made for Luke with those peppers tomorrow. Hint: it’s a good vehicle for the jelly!
Adapted from Andrea’s Recipes