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Old 05-04-2005, 12:46 PM   #1
 
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I love spicy food. I've jut finished eating my homemade lunch in which I was liberal with the crushed red pepper as a seasoning. My lips are tingling in the aftermath and I have the sniffles but I love it. I can't imagine not liking spicy food. Indian food is very good and the hotter the better IMO. Chicken Dopiazza is my favorite Indian dish. (Sometimes I request it special if it's not on the menu). But even with regular basic meals I like a little kick. I'm not a regular user of hot sauce but I do have it in my fridge for certain dishes to cook with.

Any other spicy food lovers out there? What's your favorite dish?
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:49 PM   #2
 
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I love spicy food! I love spicy curries, putting a ton of crushed red pepper flakes on pizza, adding hot peppers to any Mexican style dish I cook.... Bland food bothers me. I like spices (as in non-heat causing spices) and a little heat never hurts either.
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:50 PM   #3
 
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yup, yup!

I just had a tuscan sunrise sandwich at wholefoods for lunch. Lots of yummy veggies grilled with pepperjack cheese & chipotle mayo. Mmmmm
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:52 PM   #4
 
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Love it!! In fact, I often crave it. I add crushed red pepper to nearly everything and I eat tons of curries and spicy Thai and Indian dishes.
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:52 PM   #5
 
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Can't get enough of spicy food! I won't even touch eggs without hot sauce! Hubby had never eaten spicy food until he met me - now he orders things extra hot!!!
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:52 PM   #6
 
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it's the only food I can eat. There are so many dishes I love but I guess I'm going to have to go with my mama's roti and doubles, or her pepperpot stew or callalloo.
I always cut up and throw some scotch bonnet peppers and chilis into any dish I make, and leave them in rather than take them out. I also use Matouk's hot sauce with everything. My mama is from Trinidad and a recent survey showed that Trini food is by far, the hottest in the world, followed by Indian.
Another hot thing I LOVE is Wasabi sauce... I eat chunks of it alone when I go for sushi!

Chicken Dopiazza is an Indian dish? It sounds Italian.
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:55 PM   #7
 
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i like it thai hot baby!

i love to pour enough Chalula sauce on my pizza or mac and cheese that my mouth is on fire: no amount of water can appease this burning

i like spicy foods and hot foods...and if they are both, then all that much better...
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i like spicy foods and hot foods...and if they are both, then all that much better...
ditto. I couldn't have said ti better myself
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Compared to the average North American, yes. I find that what I consider "normal everyday" food is quite spicy to most of my non-Indian friends. And I love Mexican and Thai food.

However, what my husband and his family (also Indian, but from a different region and they haven't lived in North America as long) consider normal food, is too spicy for me. So I bring my own yogurt to family occasions
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:03 PM   #10
 
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I love spicy/hot foods. Can't get enough. Per family stories, I ate my first Scotch bonnet straight at about 18 months old. Apparently my dad was using it as deterrent to get me to stop sucking my thumb. Silly man. I smiled and asked for more.
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:10 PM   #11
 
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Yes! My favorite is my homemade chili. It's at the
right degree of hot when it makes my scalp and forehead
sweat. Also love wasabi; ahh those cleared-out
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:27 PM   #12
 
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Amneris! Matouk's sauce!

That is my favorite. I love it because it has great flavor in addition to the heat.

I like the spicy, but my BF outdoes me. He sometimes makes dishes so hot you can't taste anything at all. That's a little much for me.
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:34 PM   #13
 
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I love spicy food. Where I'm from, if you're not sweating while you're eating it, it's not spicy enough!!! I especially like my crawfish spicy. Also, did you know that eating spicy food boosts your metabolism?
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:35 PM   #14
 
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I think the spice haters are hiding! There are so many people I have eaten with that complain about the slightest zing of spice in their foods. I know they are out there!
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I love spicy food and it's a darned good thing. I was brought up on what we call "The Midwestern All-White Meal": some kind of meat with mashed potatoes and corn. The only seasoning my dad could stand was salt. (He grew up in the Depression in a VERY poor family and subsisting on a diet of lard sandwiches did a number on his digestive system.) So Mom cooked for him. I didn't taste pizza or Mexican food 'til I went away to college!

but somewhere through the years I got more adventerous about food and now I love spicy food, and as I said above it's a good thing I do, having married into a Hispanic family. If my husband or FIL say, "It isn't THAT hot" I know it's going to be about as spicy as I can take it.
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I think the spice haters are hiding! There are so many people I have eaten with that complain about the slightest zing of spice in their foods. I know they are out there!
bwahahaha - I am not hiding. But I am not a spice hater, it's the heat I don't care for. I love flavorful food. I love love love wasabi. But Thai hot? no thank you! Most Mexican food? yes, but not sausage or jalepanos. I think I fall in the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to hot food, but I am not a definate no. I don't want burned lips, tongue, or heartburn for that matter. I want eating to be pleasurable, not torture. Wasabi is perfect - heat with no heartburn.
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I love spicy food and it's a darned good thing. I was brought up on what we call "The Midwestern All-White Meal": some kind of meat with mashed potatoes and corn. The only seasoning my dad could stand was salt. (He grew up in the Depression in a VERY poor family and subsisting on a diet of lard sandwiches did a number on his digestive system.) So Mom cooked for him. I didn't taste pizza or Mexican food 'til I went away to college!

but somewhere through the years I got more adventerous about food and now I love spicy food, and as I said above it's a good thing I do, having married into a Hispanic family. If my husband or FIL say, "It isn't THAT hot" I know it's going to be about as spicy as I can take it.
Hee, PH, it's funny you mention that meal consisting of meat, potato, and corn. My best friend grew up eating this (she is from New England, her family is French Canadian) or some slight variation never straying too far from it. Maybe carrots instead of corn. Everything was very plain, bland, nothing spiced, or cooked in any sauces, etc. Her taste for food as an adult is very, very limited now and she's really scared to try anything new or different.

I grew up in a family where my parents were constantly introducing us to new foods and flavors so I'm totally willing to try just about anything, and like a wide variety of foods and flavors. I'm glad to know though that even people who were brought up on plain ol' meat and taters can learn to like other stuff.
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My husband was a meat and taters guy as well. His dad is a farmer, so there you go. They always had veggies from the garden and fresh meat, not a bad thing, but no variety. Luckily he will try anything, except raw food. I can't convince him to eat sushi or raw clams or oysters.
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I love spicy food and it's a darned good thing. I was brought up on what we call "The Midwestern All-White Meal": some kind of meat with mashed potatoes and corn. The only seasoning my dad could stand was salt. (He grew up in the Depression in a VERY poor family and subsisting on a diet of lard sandwiches did a number on his digestive system.) So Mom cooked for him. I didn't taste pizza or Mexican food 'til I went away to college!

but somewhere through the years I got more adventerous about food and now I love spicy food, and as I said above it's a good thing I do, having married into a Hispanic family. If my husband or FIL say, "It isn't THAT hot" I know it's going to be about as spicy as I can take it.
Hee, PH, it's funny you mention that meal consisting of meat, potato, and corn. My best friend grew up eating this (she is from New England, her family is French Canadian) or some slight variation never straying too far from it. Maybe carrots instead of corn. Everything was very plain, bland, nothing spiced, or cooked in any sauces, etc. Her taste for food as an adult is very, very limited now and she's really scared to try anything new or different.
That's exactly how I was brought up.

Going to college was a huge eye-opener for me. I definitely widened my range, foodwise. but what really did it was travelling for work (yes, I was in my 30s!) - I just went to eat with the rest of the consultants, and asked about a thousand questions, and ate off the plates of anyone who would let me try what they had.

I still have "ick" foods that I just can't stand - Chinese and Indian are the biggies - but I love Mexican, Italian, Thai, and Persian. The last two are really going out on a limb for me, but I do love them now.
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Old 05-04-2005, 02:16 PM   #20
 
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I love spicy food, but I'm wimpy about how much spice I can handle.


My four years in New Hampshire were essentially spice-free, because my meal plan was part of my financial aid package and I couldn't afford to eat off campus. The one time a term I'd splurge on a restaurant, I'd get Indian food for the spice, though!

Before I left for college, I used to snack on jalapenos. I can't do that anymore now.
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