Friday, 16 March 2012
I buy something I think is a jalapeno, but is actually a ghost chilli pepper, and put a large chunk of it in my mouth. Note to self: Don't buy foreign peppers without doing your research first!
Folks, my whole mouth feels like it's been bitten by 30 rattlesnakes all at once, I'm still salivating excessively, my stomach is flipping like flapjacks, and there were juices on my fingers from cutting the peppers, and I touched the side of my face. It's red, and if I didn't know otherwise, I'd think the tingling on the side of my face was a sign of a stroke. I think they call it a ghost pepper because the lingering effects haunt you. And I was going to put some in my quiche.
I've obviously been experimenting with different foods lately, some have failed miserably like the scenario mentioned above, but most have been a huge hit. I've never been a huge fan (or.. a fan period..) of anything hot and spicy. I just didn't have the stomach or the balls for it to be quite frank with you. But lately I've been gradually working myself up to braving things like a ghost chili pepper, which NO ONE could ever be really prepared for anyway.
It all started with sweet chili heat Doritos, I kid you not. Something stirred my taste buds in a way I've never experienced in something that burned my mouth even slightly before: enjoyment. It was actually tasty. The adventure continued with other spicy named chips, then started added chili powder and red pepper flakes in recipes to give it a good kick. I thought jalapeno poppers would be frightening but they were extremely mild what with the batter and cheese and other things they try to stuff into small poppers, cheap-ing out on all of it. That's when I decided it was time to start cooking with real live jalapeno peppers.
The result, my dear xangans, was this, nothing short of pure genius:
Bracon-wrapped jalapeno peppers (cut in half and seeded), with a cream cheese filling. I dip them in sour cream too if the peppers get to be too much for me. The cream cheese and sour cream counteracts the intensity of the jalapeno, but the bacon locks in its juices keeping it spicy for those who don't need sour cream.
Have you ever tried a ghost chili pepper? How do you feel about spicy foods? Tell me your stories or reactions!