I got a call from my doctor’s office today.
It wasn’t the shrimp.
It was the black pepper.
I am allergic to black pepper. Very weird.
They didn’t give me any more information than that, so I don’t know how strong of an allergy it is.
What I do know is that I made keema sookh the other night and as usual, put about 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns into the Sumeet grinder along with all the other spices, and ground it up, and suffered no ill effect. I also used, in a restaurant, pre-ground pepper on my food to no ill effect.
The only thing I can think of was that the sauce at The Cheesecake Factory had so much freshly ground pepper in it, that it triggered a sensitivity. The next day, when I ground fresh pepper over a pasta salad and took a bite, a big piece of peppercorn got in my mouth and I had the same feeling of numbness begin on the back of my tongue.
But after that–no effect that I have noticed.
I am not sure what to do now, except mostly avoid pepper, at least, as much as I can.
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