Flu and Peppers

It’s been another doozie of a week around here. Both girls caught Tony’s plague, though thankfully not as severely as he had it. Still, days on end of fevers in the high 38s and 39s meant they were home from school for three days last week, and are missing most of their activities this weekend too. They have been troopers though and I can see that they are finally turning the corner.

I played the ‘I have a new job‘ and ‘you’re still sick and shouldn’t be going to work anyway‘ cards, so I only missed a half day of work over the course of the week. Due to the unexpected absence of a colleague, it was a really busy time at work, and I was thrown into a few things without really knowing what I was doing. It was a bit crazy, but nothing has blown up (yet), so I’m going to call the work week a win.

And hope that things get more normal now both at home and work.


Last week when I wrote about the curry I made, I forgot to tell you about the Thai red chili peppers that the recipe called for. The local MegaStore didn’t have them, but I was able to find them at a fresh food store nearby. I had a lovely chat with someone who worked in the store about just how hot they would be. I needed three for my recipe, but since I was cooking for a crowd I didn’t want the meal to be too spicy. He seemed knowledgeable about his peppers, and I decided to buy just two and go light on the hot.

The posted sign listed the peppers at just over $50 per pound. I was at a complete loss as to what the final price would be because I have no idea how to estimate anything in pounds…at least anything at the grocery store. Of course I still know my weight in pounds, but THAT is another blog post entirely.

The peppers were just wee things so I wasn’t too concerned about breaking the bank, and I needed them, so off I went to the cash, pulling a $20 bill out of my purse on the way.

I loaded my peppers onto the scale and waited. 25 cents, was the total. I laughed and fished out a quarter and wandered home with my peppers.

So were they good? Was my curry too hot because of them? I have no idea because didn’t I forget to put the little suckers in and they shrivelled away on my kitchen counter and  they have now been laid to rest in my green bin. I’ll let you know the next time.


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I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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11 Responses to Flu and Peppers

  1. Monica says:

    Hope Tony and the girls are on the mend today. And the peppers, how funny xx

  2. kyooty says:

    yummy! and this will keep some critters out of your green bin

  3. Brie says:

    Ha. Ins’t that always the way.

  4. Halfkiwi says:

    Just thought I’d say that I hope you keep blogging regularly, as I enjoy the lightness of your posts about living in Ottawa, and your regular life.

    As for what prompted this comment, I recognize those peppers. They are pretty hot, so watch out. It is funny though, because often for things like peppers, or even ginger, the posted price seems so high, until you realize you’re buying like 15 grams of the stuff!

  5. Sasha says:

    LOL. How did it turn out? If it makes you feel any better, I forgot to put sugar in my last batch of muffins. The kids still like them, but then, they dip things in ketchup. And hummus. Together.

  6. Finola says:

    It was really yummy.
    I’d say if the kids ate no-sugar muffins, that’s a win no matter what else they eat!

  7. Ugh. It seems like it has been the worst winter in ages for stomach bugs! Hope everyone is free of the plague now.

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