Serious Eats: Talk
Missing out for a lifetime thanks to one innocent mistake.
I have Crohn's disease, a lot of you know. But when I was 11, we didn't know yet and I often had bad stomach pain and other symptoms. I remember watching Emeril's TV show on the Food Network one evening after school and I was feeling it hardcore, so my Mom suggested I make some ginger tea. I knew that on TV when tea is made ingredients are let to steep in boiling water, strained, and then that becomes a fancy gourmet tea experience. So I took my Mom's whole ginger root, chopped off a couple hunks, added a slice of lemon, and boiled the HELL out of it for about 10 minutes. I poured my cup of 'tea', let it cool, took a BIG OL' GULP and thought, oh, I guess I should finish it but its SO GROSS. So I finished it, then after about 5 minutes, puked my guts out and I now can't stand even the slightest HINT of ginger. Just thinking about it makes me ill.
What mistakes have you made in the kitchen that still effect you to this day?