@brennyn@kittykat9180@kjady If you think miracle whip is disgusting when I was a kid my parents were doing these fad diets in the early eighties. One of my parents favorite snack foods(was a chip dip that was quite simple to make. The recipe was: one part Miracle Whip mixed with one part cottage cheese. I still have nightmares about that concoction.
@kittykat9180@sicc574 while that sounds weird mayonnaise based salads are common. Swap with miracle whip for lower calories… Doesn’t sound THAT gross. I mean I wouldn’t make it/would give you a look but. Mehbe is not that bad.
@Cerridwyn@Kyeh Ginger and Pepper all the way. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dish “too hot”.
Wasabi though, not for me. With me it’s not about the heat to the mouth with wasabi, it’s a combination of the flavour and the awful feeling it brings up my nose, makes my nose feel “curdled” if that makes sense. It’s not the heat, it’s the unpleasant feeling in my nose from wasabi.
@kuoh I only very recently learned that “burns coming back out” is something that can actually happen, and not just hyperbole meant to express how hot something is. I’d never experienced it until I ate a dozen scorpion peppers in one sitting.
@brennyn@kuoh Like you, I’d never had it happen to me until just a couple years ago. I didn’t eat scorpion peppers or anything. (I can’t even remember what it was…) But I ended up a lot closer to diarrhea than usual, and I attributed it to that.
I normally only experience the burn once, though. Sometimes followed by stomach pain, if I didn’t have enough safe food to buffer it.
@brennyn@kuoh@xobzoo Hi, I’m here to make things weird! Try eating super spicy food when you’re rocking an ostomy. I’m thankful that I’ve been restored to factory settings and all my parts are back where they should be
@hchavers spice killing taste buds is a myth… (Although everyone loses taste ability a little as they age)
However, there’s definitely “getting used to it”. My wife has been the usual cook for most of our time as parents, and the kids didn’t like spicy food.
When I took over cooking duty for several years the kids began to gradually not just tolerate spicy food, but began to love it. The last year or two, the Mrs. has been doing most of the cooking again and I’ve noticed the kids heat tolerance has gone down again. (Although one of the three still loves everything super spicy).
Spice and heat is definitely acquired, and, at least while young, you can gain/lose tolerance/appreciation of it.
@hchavers North American default levels of “sweet” are also far more pronounced than in much of the rest of the world, as visitors from other countries often remark. And it’s locally variable upward, as in the case of the “swate tay” in Mississippi, which can resemble pancake syrup.
@whomeyesu Most of those reporting smell sense loss seem to return to normal in three to six weeks, and the longest delay I’ve heard confirmed so far is a little over six months. I would not be surprised if some were longer, seeming to be permanent - and probably some are. And I’d also add that quite a few report that their sense of smell is less acute when it returns. Sometimes that doesn’t change, either.
I hate how restaurants here call mild or medium food items “spicy”. I’m frequently disappointed when I order something spicy and it only has a little heat to it. Mexican restaurants and wing restaurants are the worst for this. They’ll mark something as maximum spicy, and it barely has any heat at all.
Going to an Indian restaurant for lunch today… That restaurant knows how to properly spice some food.
@werehatrack having never been to Houston I’ll have to take your word on that.
In the South East (or at least Carolinas/Georgia where I’ve spent most of my time), it seems anything stronger than milk seems to be considered “too spicy”. Not that there isn’t some great Southern Cuisine, there’s some great restaurants/food, it’s just they don’t seem to like heat.
I had a stomach ulcer, and it was being extra irritated by gerd (or the gerd was being extra irritated by the ulcer?), so I was told to stop eating spicy food until the ulcer issue was resolved. Now that I can eat spicy foods again, I’ve found my tolerance is GONE. I keep finding myself ordering dishes that I loved and used to eat all the time, and I can’t eat more than a bite or two. Uggggg!
I like it as hot as it gets until it ruins the meal. Dishes that try to be obnoxiously hot are stupid. Dishes that are crazy spicy that are designed by purpose, by culture, by wisdom and by chefs… those are elevating. Meals that make me say wow more than three times get my attention. If I have to say, ‘wow that sucks’, or ‘wow that’s awful’, I’m out.
@OnionSoup I will agree with the Rice Krispies, but I do like hot sauce in my cottage cheese in the morning. I’m also a big salt person. I love flaked sea salt on my watermelon. I love to cook and try new things, so I’ll throw hot sauce, salt, mirin, pretty much anything on my spice rack (which is about 5’ tall) on random things and if it works, awesome, and if not, now I know I’d like to think I have an adventurous palate But, yeah, not everything works
@capnjb scrambled eggs is another breakfast food some people like spice added. It’s funny, my wife (who usually isn’t as much into spice as me) loves tobasco sauce in her scrambled eggs, me, who loves spice, doesn’t like spicy eggs.