According to Hallmark, today is the International Hot & Spicy Food Day.From their datebook: Archaeological evidence suggests that people have been using hot spices in cooking for over 6000 years, proving that no one lets a little heartburn stop them from eating their favorite foods.
Sahweet! We love hot and spicy food. However, unlike others who think that means one should make food as hot (and inedible) as humanly possible, we believe in using the hot and spicy to enhance the flavor of food, not use it to burn the heck out of ourselves.
My personal love of “spicy” food is roasted green chiles. Preferably Hatch green chiles! I’ll slather them on grilled cheese sandwiches, in empanadas with apples, in ice cream, or just about anything else I can think of. The soft spicier nip of the chiles always warms my heart and tummy.
Hubz, on the other hand, thinks the spicier, the better. Hardly ever is something “too hot” for him. So when we go out for curry, he often has to hold back and order the mild or medium version for me. When I make curry at home, I do try to spice it up a bit hotter for him, without compromising the unique blend of flavors. I must e doing something right, cause he always gobbles it and sometimes even goes back for seconds.
One thing we both agree on: don’t use hot sauce just for the sake of using hot sauce to make something hot. Most often we see hot sauce used for this reason and it ends up just ruining the flavor of the food because it completely overpowers any other flavor in the dish. Very sad indeed.
So, in short, in our world, green chiles, curries, and spices = GOOD! Things like Dave’s Insanity Hot Sauce (nothing against them) = BAD. Sorry people! We want to be able to taste the foods!