Sunday, 22 July 2012

ITS HOT, HOT, HOT IN UZUMLU, TURKEY - AND I DON'T MEAN THE WEATHER

Now let me tell you that when it comes to chillies, curries and peppers, I am no wus - I like them hot. I like chilli peppers on my bread and cheese, I am the first one to have the grabbers in the chilli pepper jar to have with my cheese and onion gözleme (pancake) on the market. I like piri piri sauce in my soups and chilli flakes on my food. Plus they say chillies are good for your metabolism, and lets be honest anything that speeds mine up has to be a plus! Its taken several years for David to actually enjoy chillies or curries that I make as he used to consider them too hot. He has become acclimatised or immune over the years.

Well today I met my match, and as David is still in the UK for another couple of weeks and I am still home alone it was a scary few minutes.

When buying vegetable plants for the garden, I obviously ensured that they included chilli peppers. I have been picking peppers now for some weeks, in fact the pepper plants have been particularly prolific. Frankly I have been disappointed in them, as whilst they have been very nice, hot they have not been.

TODAY'S HARVEST LOOKING FAIRLY INNOCUOUS  - WRONG!

This afternoon I did a garden patrol and collected some produce that was ready for gathering. As you do, I had a little taster when I got indoors, a cherry tomato - yummy! nothing like tomatoes straight from the garden, a radish -  crunchy, crisp and delicious! a green pepper - lovely! a small green pepper (which I thought was a chilli pepper) - very nice, but certainly not hot, a second type of green chilli pepper - again very good but certainly not hot. Then last but certainly not least a small red chilli pepper from exactly the same plant as the green one I have just tried. WOW!!! I have never, ever, ever, ever in my entire life tasted anything like it - I had to spit it out! My eyes bulged and wept, I felt as though my mouth, tongue, throat and stomach were on fire and within minutes my stomach was attempting to reject this alien creature! They say with hot curries you should eat bread, not drink water, but unfortunately in my attempt to lose weight I have not been buying it while David is away, so had none. I ate a radish, I ate a tomato - no help what so ever. I'm thinking how embarrassing that I have to call paramedics because I've eaten a chilli pepper. I drink water, I drink milk and finally after about 5 minutes the pain slowly starts to subside. I am going to live to see the day out after all.

THE RED DEVIL!!! - YOU CAN SEE THE TINY BITE I HAD

Another lesson in life learnt! 57 years old and still learning - a bit pathetic really.

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