As I was shaking out my red pepper flakes this afternoon, I was suddenly reminded of the most idiotic and asinine thing I have ever done to a bowl of pasta.
I don't remember when it was or what restaurant I was in, all I know is my sister was with me, I ordered a pasta dish and was so excited to sprinkle some red pepper flakes into it to give it a nice bite. I don't know about y'all, but there isn't anything I hate more than bland food. Ok, well there are a few things I hate more, but you get the picture!
My pasta arrived in all of it's bland and creamy deliciousness. I added salt and pepper, but I knew I HAD to have those red pepper flakes, so like any heat enthusiast I grabbed the shaker. Without so much as a warning, I turned the shaker to start shaking and BAM! The lid went sailing into my pasta and the red pepper flakes flowed out of the shaker into a massive mound right in the dead center of my pasta bowl.
I emptied the shaker before I knew what had happened. I stared for what felt like an eternity before I realized that the pasta sauce was swiftly sinking the flakes into the abyss of the pasta bowl. I shrieked and tried to spoon out the mess onto my bread plate. Scoop after scoop after scoop to no avail.
Once I thought I had gotten enough scoops out I stirred the pasta and took a bite... It scorched, No it was not a true scorching it was more like the depths of Hell burning my mouth, I screeched for water which obviously didn't help.
As the server walked by I tried to explain what had happened and they just laughed. LAUGHED! It wasn't my fault. Some jerk before didn't put the lid on correctly! Clearly this had been a huge joke. I looked around trying to find the culprit and there was no one... It was all a grave mistake.
I no longer shake without checking the tightness of the lid... And I am still bitter that I didn't get to enjoy my pasta.