What's the point of excessively spicy food? Do people really enjoy it? Is it a challenge to eat it without dying?
I love spicy food, the hotter the better. And none of that bullshit Tabasco. I'm talking about thai food, habanero salsas, and grilled jalapeno peppers that you eat big bites of.
I enjoy it immensely. And while i'm always up for a challenge, I don't eat it to see how much I can take. I eat it 'cause I enjoy the heat.
I'm watching this show where they have scientific, standardized measures for the heat of the peppers. I didn't realize people were so serious about their heat.
I can't stand spicy food. People say I have bland taste in food, and perhaps I do, but if not liking spicy is bland, I'll take it.
Yet another baby tastes thread.
Used to be able to eat any spices. But as one got older, arthritis set in. I eliminated members of the nightshade family (most peppers, potato, fresh tomato) and got rid of the arthritis. Still use ketchup and have little problem.
I guess I'm a medium when it comes to hot foods: Szechuan, Vindaloo, some Thai. I never understood the point of having foods so blazingly, hot that your tongue is seared? Once that happens, how can you appreciate the taste of what you're eating.I know for a lot of guys it's a macho thing, you're welcome to all the ghost and bird chilis you can stand. Hot chilis helped indigenous people sweat more, a little help from Mother Nature in those equatorial countries. Have you seen that Indian(subcontinent) festival, where they smear ground up chilis into their EYES? Invoke the deity of your choice, but that seems a special kind o' stupid.
I basically ONLY like spicy food
OP, not only is it nutritious and delicious but the hot part is the world's best anti-inflammatory. Very healthy for your gut
It disguises cheap cuts that are past their best. I'll take a little blander and fresher thank you.
Quit drinking 22 years ago, quit smoking 5 years ago, retired two years ago.
I have more time now to spend in the kitchen and I have come to detest bland food. Maybe I fried my taste buds in earlier days … who knows.
Last year I grew my own chili peppers and made about a gallon my homemade blended hot sauce.
Peppers used: jalapeno, habanero, Thai, cowhorn, peter, Tabasco.
Used my VitaMix to blend the chopped peppers, salt, and white vinegar into a smooth puree. Poured this into freezer bags. Thaw and decant as needed. Excellent!
I like hot food, and I like not-hot food. I don't cook much with chilis myself, but I like going out for it, Thai food in particular. There are a couple of good restaurants near me, one very near me. I would go more often if they didn't burn scented candles. [italic]Why don't Thai restaurants want people to smell the food?[/italic]
All hail the BTT (R4).
I regard ridiculously hot peppers as poison because as someone has pointed out, how can you get past the blistering heat to taste the food?
But subtle background heat, providing a spice "framework" for the rest of the dish's other ingredients to hold onto, can make all the difference in the world to a recipe. From ho-hum to W-O-W!
Capsaicin is therapeutic, externally and internally.
[quote]I regard ridiculously hot peppers as poison because as someone has pointed ou
no accounting for tastes, my dear, but they are FAR from a poison.
I like it as long as it doesn't wipe out my taste buds or make the food difficult to eat.
A good smokey pepper can be wonderful flavor. The combo of hot and sweet or creamy can be a great thing.
You build a tolerance for the heat and find you don't enjoy food without. I usually add cayenne to whatever starch I might be having. I add habanero sauce my friends make along with greek yogurt to my V8 juice. Now I am doing crushed chiltepins.
For me, it started with red hots, the cinnamon candy. I quickly became addicted and moved on to hotter things. I also am in my 60's have arthritis and take no pain medicines because, I have no pain.
[quote] I never understood the point of having foods so blazingly, hot that your tongue is seared? Once that happens, how can you appreciate the taste of what you're eating.
For me at that point it's not about the taste, it's about the incredible euphoria brought by the capsaicin.
yeah, I agree
Spicy foods also have great analgesic properties, relieving muscle aches and headaches.
My problem is that when I have peppers I typically eat more.
r16 Chilis, being in the Nightshade family, are actually not all that far from being a poison. Thank heaven they're tasty, or there wouldn't be much to recommend them.
I love "spicy" food, meaning tasting of various spices, but HEAT, as in "this burns my mouth and causes pain" is not a "spice".
[quote]You build a tolerance for the heat and find you don't enjoy food without.
I have a friend like this. "Hot" is the only tastebud he has left that works, apparently. He's perfectly happy eating the crappiest, cheapest un-hot food (my opinion). He microwaves yesterday's coffee and says it tastes no different to him from the fresh coffee I drink.
But his hot food, that's another story. He loves it, loves it, loves it, and can be as picky about it as I am all food.
Does it burn when you rim a guy who eats a lot of very spicy food?
r26 It's the food that warms you twice, going in and coming out. If someone's down there, they're bound to notice.