Monday, January 21, 2013

So I had a fight with Yams...

Yeah you read it right.  I had a fight with yams and even though I eventually won, I was injured in battle.
Lets rewind shall we?  I'm not big on yams at all, but I like to make them for the holidays.  Anyway, I made a big pan, from scratch, for the holidays and they were jammin!  Oh yeah, I can get down in the kitchen when I want to.  My family raved about them and my mom had the bright idea of mashing up what was left and making pie with it.  So I figured I would take my same recipe and make some pies for Christmas.  Well, I got all the ingredients prepped on Christmas Eve and I went to work on peeling and cutting the yams so that I could boil and smash them.  I was on speaker phone talking to 'M' and cutting away.  I went to move a couple yams to a bowl and I saw blood on my finger.  I said "oh crap I think I cut my finger!" so I went to the sink and commenced to running water and I stuck my finger under it...[insert loud scream and obscenities here].  That's when I realized that I didn't just cut my finger, I cut the tip clean off!!! That's when the blood really started pouring out.  So I had to calm myself down and relax so that I could settle the bleeding.  Got some ice, napkins and sat on the couch.  I talked to 'M' and had him stop to get me some gauze n'stuff to bandage up my finger.
By the time he made it to me the bleeding had stopped for the most part.  So, time to bandage...Wait I'm sorry you want to pour peroxide and water on my finger?  Yeah......I felt like Steve Carell in "40 Year Old Virgin" when he was getting his chest waxed.  I was a real champ about the situation though.  I bit a pillow and made it through the ordeal.  I was bandaged and good to go.  'M' finished chopping the yams and put them on to boil for me.  I took over the process from there and made my pies dang it!  Success!!!!!
And we all live happily ever after...NOT!
My finger still hurts people!  Apparently they don't grow back overnight.  Oh and the lovely bandaging on my finger, it stuck to the top of it.  Sooooo when it was time to change it I had to hold my breath and yank it off.  That woke up my neighbors, maybe even the block.  My nerves are WIDE open and beyond sensitive.  There was no being a champ about that.  I eventually went to the ER to get a tetnus shot and have them look at it.  I got a sheet of non adhesive stuff to put on before the gauze so there was no more sticking.  I'm down to just a big band aid and a splint to keep me from bumping the tip.  Nonetheless, it's healing...what an ordeal!  Every time I got to cut something these days I have flash backs.  It's like a chef version of PTSD or something.
Anyway, my pies turned out great so I'm happy =).


  1. Oh my goodness girl!!!! I can't believe you cut the tip of your finger off! Glad it's healing!

  2. That sounds so awful now you have me cringing. You're very dedicated because I just scrub the potatoes/yams to get the dirt off, boil them and then remove the skin and that unnecessary layer just below it. Once that's done I have a nice soft, beautiful in color potato to mix my other ingredients with. Definitely have to be careful with that peeler. I've learned that it's power can be unforeseen until it's too late. Glad your pies turned out to be great!

  3. I am getting hungry just looking at it.