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Old 02-24-2010, 08:14 AM   #21
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I like heat in some dishes but I don't want it to be the overpowering flavor of the dish but a compliment to the other flavors.
This about the way I feel. If it is something the kids will be eating I back off the spice quite a bit. They other day when I made breakfast tacos I slathered a little of the spicy bbq sauce I had made on them. The beans and rice were already a bit spicy. My son said he wanted one, so I made an extra for him. When I was leaving for work I noticed that he had eaten a little over half. He said the beans were too spicy for him.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:02 AM   #22
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Interesting aside... we're multilingual/multicultural in our house. In every language spoken by one or more of us, there is a word for "spicy hot" and a word for "temperature hot". Only in English do we not have that... because spicy doesn't necessarily mean "hot" spicy in English. I make very spicy dishes, but the spices themselves may be very mild. Interesting observation, anyway. So, we use "spicy hot" as a term and "hot hot" as a term.
Yes I agree with you. In Bengali 'spicy hot' means 'jhaal' whereas 'temperature hot' means 'garam'. And as you said "spicy doesn't necessarily mean "hot"".
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:24 AM   #23
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I like spict but not the burning sensation that makes you sick
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:31 AM   #24
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On a related topic, I've never understood the 'competition' to prove you can stand hotter foods than the other guy.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:54 AM   #25
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It is just like any other competition Andy. It has nothing to do with food or flavor. It is just a test of "strength".
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:06 AM   #26
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It is just like any other competition Andy. It has nothing to do with food or flavor. It is just a test of "strength".
I do realize that, GB. But it's different from other competitions. You are causing yourself pain (Today and tomorrow) as a direct result of the competition. Might as well just hold your hand over a burning candle.
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:09 AM   #27
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Might as well just hold your hand over a burning candle.
I have done that one too
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I have done that one too
Was that in a competition or were you too drunk to remember?
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:18 AM   #29
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Nah I wasn't drinking when I was 12 and my brother challenged me. Well not drinking much at least
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Speaking as someone who recently had a wasabi overload...moderate heat thanks! I got a rather large wasabi chunk in my sushi the other day and it completely ruined an otherwise lovely piece of sushi. My eyes watered, my nose ran (and that is MOST unappetizing) and I could taste nothing but wasabi. I like a bit of heat but I want to taste all the nuance in my food.
It's strange, I suppose, but I terribly dislike eye-watering heat produced from chilis, but wasabe, to me, is more of a "tang" than "heat." It doesn't bother me to the point of distraction, except to make my sinuses run. Very spicy chilis, on the other hand, burn my palate and ruin any pleasure from the taste of the food.

I'm just glad there are different ways that different people can enjoy spicy, tongue tingling foods.
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