How do you reduce the roundness of a bell pepper to square slices without experiencing its futile defensive spray of hard, scattering seed?
By remembering that it, too, was once a flower, to be disassembled petal by petal with softly murmured uncertainties — he loves me, he loves me not.
[All metaphor aside, it seems that slicing a pepper by its lobes does help minimize spatter.]
Do kitchen apprentices have to wash their hands in salt water? Disinfectant, and as reminder to nick themselves less next time.