Thursday, May 13, 2010
It's Hot in the Dog House
Due to a bit of a spat, your's truly has been in the dog house lately. In order to counteract the tangible chill in the air, I've been making some spicy food. Since E wouldn't eat anything I made for her anyway, I might as well grab the cayenne and have at it.
E doesn't like spicy food, so my hands are pretty much tied when I start eyeing Cajun and Thai recipes. Since I am only cooking for myself, I can go to town, Scoville units be damned! I whipped up the jambalaya we made a week or so ago in the Cajun and Creole class a few weeks ago. I was nearly giddy as I put in the full amount of cayenne pepper and maybe, just maybe mind you, a little extra. The dish was perfect. It certainly had enough kick to make you sit up and notice, but not enough to make you lunge for a beverage.
Having had leftover jambalaya for lunch yesterday, I was not too peckish when dinner time came around. When I did start to get hungry, I couldn't stop the image of a shrimp cocktail from swimming around in my brain. This was a double whammy dish for me, spice and seafood. I whipped up some homemade cocktail sauce, cooked up some shrimp and entered Nirvana. It was just what the doctor ordered, spicy, lemony and briny.