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 dish....one 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?