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Don't Put Your Vanilla Essence Next To Your Fish Sauce

  1. Feb 27, 2013 #1

    ZapperZ

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    OK, here's a friendly advice to you. Do not keep your essence of vanilla right next to your fish sauce, especially if they look roughly similar to each other.

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    As some of you may know, I like to make a cup of hot chocolate on mornings when I'm at home. I have my own recipe for it: dutch-processed cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, freshly-grated nutmeg, sugar (but not too sweet), a pinch of salt (yes, salt), and a splash of vanilla essence.

    Last week, I went into the kitchen to make myself one of these hot chocolate drink. It was a crazy week, I was busy writing this grant proposal that was due in a couple of days, and my head was completely occupied with this thing. But I've made this hot chocolate for a gazillion times and it has become almost automatic. So I went through the routine, while my head was somewhere else thinking of stuff for the proposal.

    It was right at the moment that I was pouring the splash of vanilla into my concoction that something didn't feel right - the smell! Once the liquid hit the hot cocoa mix in the pot, I snapped back into the moment and immediately paid attention to what I was doing, because I was smelling something odd that didn't make any sense for a hot chocolate drink. That's when I looked at the bottle I was holding, and yes, it was a bottle of FISH SAUCE! I added a splash of fish sauce to my hot chocolate drink!

    So I turned off the burner, and walked back to the pantry. Putting the bottle of fish sauce back to where it came from, I began to see what might have happened. While they don't look identical, the bottle of fish sauce and vanilla essence were right next to each other. Unfortunately, they were both liquid of almost the same color. Since I use both of them often enough, it is not unusual for me to reach for either of them. So obviously, this one time, I sorta tuned out to what I was doing, and reached for the wrong bottle! They were both in the same part of the pantry, and they were next to each other. Oy vey!

    I did throw out the concoction that I made, but I still managed to get a small taste of it, out of curiosity. It wasn't good! I made another one, this time making sure I used the correct ingredients (haven't had the occasion of mistaking the cocoa powder for the paprika yet). And yes, I've moved the two bottles away from each other, because I can see myself reaching for the vanilla when I'm making tom yum soup one day!

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  3. Feb 27, 2013 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    In a similar vein, I've learned that it's good to keep the Preparation H separate from the toothpaste.
     
  4. Feb 27, 2013 #3

    lisab

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    That is a very, very different vein.
     
  5. Feb 27, 2013 #4
    Do you realize you just enacted some Disney scene of Goofy or Donald Duck mixing up their ingredients while cooking ? :D
     
  6. Feb 27, 2013 #5
    I'll occasionally use oyster sauce in my morning latte if I happen to have run out of half and half...
     
  7. Feb 27, 2013 #6

    Evo

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    @ Zz!!! :eek:
     
  8. Feb 27, 2013 #7

    ZapperZ

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    What? Does that mean that you won't be visiting me anytime soon and let me serve you some hot chocolate?

    Zz.
     
  9. Feb 27, 2013 #8

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    Good thing you had not a cold ZZ!
    Recently I've used quinoa seed instead of sesame seed; I keep both seeds into identital transparent jars next to each other. The result however was not bad, I could not taste the saponin. It's only after I verted them into a sauce that I realized what I had done.
     
  10. Feb 27, 2013 #9
    That's why I have two wine cellars, one for the reds, one for the whites. The rosés go directly to the recycling bin as I have yet to find a use for them.
     
  11. Feb 27, 2013 #10

    Evo

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    :surprised :tongue2:
     
  12. Feb 27, 2013 #11

    WannabeNewton

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    What could these cryptic messages mean...WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL US EVO
     
  13. Feb 27, 2013 #12
    I keep my cinnamon powder next to my chile powder and every time I pour some reddish brown powder in my oatmeal, I quickly look to make sure I put the right one in there.
    I'm not going to separate them. I like the danger of it. It spices up my life a little bit.
    You guys are good. I thought of a joke after reading your comments, but then I realized you beat me to it.
     
  14. Feb 27, 2013 #13
    She's probably trying to tell us :tongue: and :approve:
     
  15. Feb 27, 2013 #14
    I once mixed up a bottle of radiator fluid and vegetable oil. I was going to make scrambled eggs and both bottles were the same size and color. Thankfully my uncle noticed the greenish liquid :eek:
     
  16. Feb 27, 2013 #15

    Evo

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    Ok, fish sauce and vanilla extract in the same cabinet I understand.

    Antifreeze (a poison) in a food cabinet, I do not understand.
     
  17. Feb 27, 2013 #16

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    Good thing you were home.

    http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/figure_02_28_hfl.jpg?w=600&h=399
     
  18. Feb 27, 2013 #17
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    I do not understand either. I was 12 so I had no idea what antifreeze looked like. I actually thought the oil had gone bad.
     
  19. Feb 27, 2013 #18
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    Nothing like being prepared for those unexpected medical emergencies :cool:
     
  20. Feb 28, 2013 #19

    ZapperZ

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    I made my hot chocolate this morning, with no fish sauce incident. In fact, I'm enjoying it right this very moment. :)

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    Zz.
     
  21. Feb 28, 2013 #20

    Evo

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    Oh, that DOES look yummy!!
     
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