Feeling Hot Hot Hot

An iron gullet resides in our house. Jalapeño peppers, habanero peppers, red and green chili peppers, they all go down, mixed with cayenne, cumin, or Cajun seasonings, fiery touches of heat.

The iron gullet isn’t mine, it’s my husband’s. The addition of New Mexican and Cajun and Indian dishes to my cooking repertoire was at his suggestion and gradually to my delight, too. Heat grows on you, one ounce of sweat at a time.

I gather inspiration sometimes from local menus. The last time we visited an Indian restaurant, my husband ordered vindaloo, I ordered curry. The Iron Gullet cleaned his plate. My weaker gullet did just fine. What did me in was the Masala Chai, the tea.

Tea got me? Yes. A drink with ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and milk. It went down easy, but kept me awake well past my Sleepytime. And, you know me and my rest. But, that warming Masala Chai tasted great.

Curry will join the list of home cooked meals at our house alongside favorites like carne adovada and red beans ‘n rice. The list of spicy foods to cook grows like peppers in full sun.

Do you eat spicy foods?


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Here in Birmingham UK, we are famous for our Balti Triangle This is an area with more than 100 Balti restaurants. The origin of Balti curry is highly cdisputed. It may come from the Pakistan Kashmir border. But one thing is for sure and that is that the name comes from the metal dish in which the curry is cooked. If you are interested in trying a true Brummie Balti have a look at the BBC food website. it is more spivey than hot but we consider it to be food for the soul. It should be eaten with naan bread. Enjoy!

    1. I will definitely check that out, great suggestion! Thanks.

  2. I love spicy food. I have cooked some things that, as my wife likes to say, have curled her eyelids. If you are looking to add more spice, try cooking with the Carolina reaper pepper or even a Trinidad scorpion pepper… some of the hottest peppers in the world.

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