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Advent XIV

Behind window 14: Spicy Food.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion

Spicy not just as in HOT necessarily, but HOT is good. I especially like Chili con carne so am very interested in the Scoville Heat Unit scale. Pictured above the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion; the now official Guinness Book of Records world’s hottest chili. As well as the ‘pleasurable’ sensations associated with eating hot food [blood flow increases and the endorphins start flowing] there are the ‘fun’ times to be had from challenging friends to chili eating contests [faces turn red, the sweat starts rolling, eyes and noses water, a fiery sensation spreads across the tongue and down the throat, fits of giggles …] Research is even suggesting that a love of hot food is linked to personality?

Spices throughout history have been amongst the most highly prized substances. In the Middle Ages black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves were among the most demanded and expensive products available. Many navigation routes were discovered and colonies established solely due to the importance of the spice trade from the 15th century onward.

My fantasy spicy Last Meal request would include:

  • Prawn Cocktail [plenty of 1000 Island Dressing, with paprika and mustard]
  • Moules Mariniere [plenty of garlic]
  • Chili con carne [plenty of chili pepper] and rice [saffron]
  • Banoffee Pie [with nutmeg and ginger]

You give me that funny feeling in my tummy

Love Rollercoaster, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1996

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