Friday, December 12, 2008

Forgetting my Own Golden Rule About Spices

Not too long ago, I wrote about Nigella's latest book - Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities. After all, even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and just generally getting in the holiday spirit, there are recipes here for everyone.

This time of year, in addition to it being time for folks to drop by and hang out, it's also getting to be very, very wintery. I love to have a hearty soup or stew in the fridge or freezer for just such occasions...or no occasion at all...and Nigella's Choc Chip Chili is perfect. I mean, seriously - my favorite chorizo and chocolate chips in the same recipe...come on!

That said, I forgot my own words of wisdom about heat in a word...taste! This dish has three sources of heat...the chorizo sausages (everyone makes them differently and I should have just fried up a thin slice to get a sense of things, but ....nooooo), a fresh red chili (but not knowing which is which, and how hot/not so hot...well, see above, again, I didn't taste), dried crushed chili pepper flakes (at least I didn't add these).

Truthfully, this is an awesome dish and I will definitely be making it again. Hopefully, I will do some tasting along the way. It's much easier to ADD heat at the end of cooking than to take it away.

What's your trick after over spicing things up?


Happy cook said...

I remember from another post too you added too much heat.
This one looks reall yumm.
Chocolate and chorizo that sounds a bit weaird to me, but i am sure going ti check out that link you gave.

kim said...

To reduce the heat in my dinners, I serve with sour cream or plain yogurt. I also try to spread it out -- serve over rice or chunks of potatoes.

Serve with a salad of iceberg lettuce and cucumber.

I find that citrus after the meal helps too. A slice of orange always cools my mouth in a Thai restaurant.

Ruth Daniels said...

Happy Cook, I know...I should have learned my own lesson from that earlier experience...sigh. As for the chocolate, it's very subtle because there's only about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. But think of Mexican Mole dishes....soooooooo good and they have chocolate in them too.

Kim, thanks for the great tips. I'll use them with my left overs.

Pam said...

I have no tips for reducing heat. When I make something to hot, I just give it to my husband. He loves ridiculously hot foods.

Navita said...

I love chorizi the heat...but with chocolate...well i have to shake up my adventurous soul. ;-p
Hey Ruth, thanks for stopping by and the pleasure was all mine. New on blogosphere, so really didn't know about the Pasta Presto Night..till today :)

gaga said...

When I over-spice things, I just make a bigger batch by adding more of everything else!

Chocolate chips, huh? Maybe I'll have to try this some time just to satisfy my curiosity =)