Kitchen confusion means soapy sausages
This is what happens when you live with other people, and those other people are tired and busy most of the time.
My husband cooked us a breakfast of sausage and eggs, but he's not fully into meat, and my daughter wanted fruit, so I was left with the lion's share.
I ate the first Portuguese sausage slice, and thought it was sharp and salty, but wasn't sure. I thought it was the toothpaste from just brushing my teeth, or the coffee throwing my taste buds off.
I kept eating. The sausage wasn't old, but it tasted weird. I ate the egg. The egg was curious.
It was a vague taste of Dawn, but that seemed stupid, so I ignored it. I shall not be applying for a detective job at Honolulu Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division any time soon.
I pulled out rice from the fridge and added that. I like my sticky rice.
The rice cut the taste, but it was still there. I could no longer ignore it, and sadly, my first thought was to blame my kid.
"Claus, did Olivia cook the rice?" I thought she might have somehow accidentally dripped soap into the rice water.
"That was me," he said.
Well, I'm out of theories. "Something tastes weird about this food. Like Dawn."
He rose up from the sofa, where he was previously only typically half-listening to me because he was on his Netflix time. Now I had his full attention.
"Oh, OK. I thought it was just me. I ate one sausage and I wasn't sure, so I figured someone would say." Uh, thanks for letting that be me.
He walked the kitchen and raised a pan. "I used this pan because it was sitting on the stove top so I thought it was clean," he said, offering a clue for us to solve this mystery.
"THAT PAN? I set it there to soak before I went to work!" I exclaimed. It had a thin layer of soapy water that apparently evaporated by the time Claus went to cook.
"WHY DIDN'T YOU CHECK!" I sputtered. "YOUR SYSTEM IS TO PUT IT UPSIDE DOWN ON THE STOVE WHEN IT'S CLEAN! I'VE BEEN DOING THAT!"
"WHY DID YOU PUT IT ON THE STOVE? WE SOAK DISHES ON THE COUNTER!" he retorted.
"BECAUSE IT WAS FULL OF OTHER STUFF!" I shot back.
Then we doubled over laughing at the hazards of living with other people.
Well, at least I can say I have a clean diet. ...I can still taste the soap in my mouth.