Hubs has big, strong, man feelings about ham. When a holiday passes in which he believes a ham the designated meat to be consumed during said holiday's meal (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Arbor Day, etc.), and no ham is present, he gets a little sad. Or a lot sad. And, well, I grew up in a house where ham was something you had in a sandwich with a slice of processed cheese food, but never for dinner. So you can guess how often it crosses my mind to make a ham.
But, on this night, I decided to make a ham. I went online to investigate the appropriate cooking time and temperature for said hunk of cured pig and to determine the necessary internal temperature to ensure we would not regret eating it. Armed with my knowledge, I went to the kitchen. I set the ham in the baking dish and removed the packaging and then sent it happily into the oven. Partway through the baking time, I pulled it out to drizzle my soy sauce and mustard glaze all over it, and then I came back a few times to brush the glaze on thickly. It wasn't getting the shine I wanted and I was annoyed, but I supposed that this particular glazing concoction musn't be prone to shine. If only that was the actual problem.
Upon slicing the meat, I noticed that the glaze had created a bit of a plastic-y coating on it. It was difficult to slice through and not very appealing, but I didn't pay too much attention to it because I was thinking about the other components of the meal. Or, I should say, I didn't pay too mush attention to it until my husband said, "Is this PLASTIC?"
To which I replied, "No, I took the plastic off. That's from the glaze."
He looked at me utterly dumbfounded. "NO, babe," he said slowly, pulling the substance in question off his plate, "this is plastic."
"But I took the plastic off."
"Apparently not all of it."
Silence. I looked at the clear, suspiciously plastic-looking ribbon in his fingers. It seemed it was... well... uh... plastic. I tried to come up with some sort of plausible culinary technique that required cooking a ham in plastic to explain my complete stupidity away, but came up with nothing. (Shocking, isn't it?) I smiled sheepishly. "Oops."
We ate the ham anyway.