Sunday, January 16, 2011

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

January 16th is International Hot and Spicy Food Day.  While many people are afraid of hot and sspicy foods, there are many others who enjoy all of the flavor that hot and spicy foods can provide.  Many cultures have dishes that are considered hot and spicy, yet part of the regular diet.

Of course there are times we venture a little bit too far up tha heat scale only to find out that our tastebuds cannot enjoy the dish that is before us.  How can you get rid of the heat?

Most people make the foolish mistake of attempting to douse the heat with liquids such as water.  Being that most of the heat in these dishes is often contained in an oill form, it is like putting out a grease fire with water.  It just makes it worse as it spreads the oils to other parts of your mouth that were not on fire.

The best way to reduce the heat is with dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream etc.  Many cultures will often add these or something similar to the table with the expectation that occasionally, something will be too hot.  Pay attention to the place settings within an Indian restaurant the next time you visit.

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