I have learned several lessons about food in the last two months. Some of them have been learned the hard way. For example: cinnamon on chicken is never good, and spinach muffins taste as gross as they sound. The most disgusting food experience I’ve had so far involves a recipe that looked AMAZING on paper, but smelled like death dying.
I was super-excited about making Red Curry Beef Stew. The recipe told me to prepare for “slow-cooker heaven.” The ingredients included red curry, coconut milk, chicken stock, stew meat, red cabbage, and sweet potatoes. The picture portrayed a juicy bowl of tender beef surrounded by thick stock, delicious-looking sweet potatoes, and overall yumminess.
We needed lunches for the next day, so I put this meal in the crock pot (as directed in the recipe) before going to bed. My plan was to wake up, spoon the delicious stew into plastic containers, and look forward to a great lunch!
Around midnight I woke up to a foul smell. When I opened the bedroom door, I was smacked in the face by an even stronger version of the smell. It was my stew.
I went back to bed, hoping that the smell would cook out.
At 3 AM, 4 AM, and 5 AM, I woke up feeling sick. Each time I had trouble falling back asleep. The smell was unbearable! I sprayed perfume on my arm so I would have something else to smell. I put a reed diffuser beside the bed. I even turned on our box fan, hoping to drive the smell away. Surely by morning the smell would be gone and the stew would still be okay.
I have never been awakened so many times by a smell. This was crazy!
When we “officially” woke up (to our alarms), the smell was still there, and I was tired of smelling it. We had both lost sleep because of my great idea for lunch. After feeling sick all night, there was no way I was eating this crock (pun intended), OR sending it with my husband for lunch.
I dumped the whole thing in the trash, took the trash out, lit candles, opened windows, and learned my lesson: cabbage and crock pots DO NOT mix.