How to add spice to your life, and what to do if you've had too much

How to add spice to your life, and what to do if you've had too much

I was walking down the grocery store aisle today when a little bag caught my eye. Spicy Sriracha Peas brought to you by the Hapi™ brand of snacks. I don't know if it was because I was hungry or because I'm a fan of the spicy stuff, but I was compelled to put a bag in the cart.

Years ago Fran and I got into eating those wasabi peas, which are exactly what they sound like: dried peas covered in a green wasabi coating. I loved those things, but ate way too many and got burnt out. I kind of forgot about them until I made my spicy pea purchase today.

I know I'm not alone with I say that I love the sriracha made by Huy Fong Foods. This is the hot sauce that's found in the bottle with the rooster on it. I put it in everything, including my sweet potato and apple soup as well as pumpkin seeds.

I never put hot sauce on my food or ate things particularly spicy until I was in my mid 20's. I didn't understand the point. Then I started eating spicy curries which was just a gateway food. Soon, I needed more and more spicy foods. At first, this was just in restaurants. Then I started buying the spicy goods for home use. It was all over at that point. I was hooked.

You don't have to like spicy foods. I'm just saying you're not living your life to its fullest potential if you don't, that's all.

By the way, did you know that sriracha is actually not a brand name? Like ketchup, there are actually lots of different brands that make this type of sauce. Essentially, sriracha is made from chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.

So, my sriracha peas don't really have that Huy Fong sauce on them, but they do have a mixture of chili powder, lemongrass and garlic. In fact, they smell really garlicky so you might not want to eat them if you plan on being in close proximity to anyone. Or you can look at it as a deterrent. It's up to you.

They have a little kick. Not quite as spicy as their wasabi covered friends, but a decent amount of heat. Lilia, who is also becoming a fan all things spicy, didn't think they were too hot at all. Although she did follow them up with some milk because I gave her this advice yesterday...

Fun tip: The best cure for too much spice? Milk! Chilies contain a substance called capsaicin which makes your taste buds sting. Milk contains casein, which binds with the capsaicin, washing it away. Next time you eat something too spicy, pass on the beer or water and grab yourself a glass of milk. For more on this check out the Mythbusters Database.

Stay spicy, my friends.

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