For a number of people, the holidays are the perfect excuse to pig out on all those things one might eat and then feel immediate shame at any other time of the year (with the possible exception of one’s birthday or a vacation at an all-inclusive resort somewhere).
As your slightly jiggly, thunder-thighed author, I can attest to this.
But in the last four weeks, I’ve noticed a change in my eating. Not in the amount I’m putting away – THAT continues to be ridiculous.
But I’ve been noting how I’ve run the entire gamut of tastes my tongue could possibly experience.
I mean, I’ve chomped on chocolates and candies; snacked on salty foods (and added salt to some of my meals); munched on meaty meats and crispy bacon; guzzled grease of many kinds; and consumed hot fudge ice cream sundaes (fulfilling the cold AND “kind of dairy” departments).
But in the last three days, I’ve been overcome by a sudden craving for hot sauce.
You’re thinking, “So what?”
So … I don’t normally pepper my meals with, well, pepper, on a daily basis.
The whole thing was completely innocent. My parents and I were out several days ago, doing last-weekend-before-Christmas shopping …
And as we were exiting the mall, there was this young guy by the doors with this canvas gym bag (NOT shady – it had a food-related logo), giving away sample packets of hot sauce.
And I’m not talking any old hot sauce. This stuff, as I found out upon later inspection, contains scotchbonnet peppers – comparable to chilli peppers in their intensity. Too little gives your mouth a burning sensation; too much could make your lips fall off.
At dinner, I decided give the sauce a try. I didn’t go nuts and douse my entire dinner. But the little I took did the trick.
So much so, I had hot sauce with my dinner for another two consecutive nights. Never mind whether or not they taste good with meatballs. It was hot sauce, dammit. It makes EVERYTHING taste good.
I’ve since calmed down and have taken a one-day hiatus from my hot pepper love affair. Moderation IS key, after all. Or so I’ve heard.
Although having some with my turkey dinner tomorrow night might not be completely out of the question …
Happy holidays, y’all. May your days be spicy and bright.