There are two common views on marinades. One camp says creating a good marinade is a mysterious process, mastered by a select few. The other insists you can throw together whatever spices and liquids are in your kitchen and get good results. The truth about how to marinate for bold, flavorful results lies somewhere in the middle. Creating a good marinade doesn’t have to be complicated, but a little planning and understanding of how marinades work will bring excellent results.
Chili peppers are some of the fieriest flavors on the planet, but what gives them their heat?
What makes peppers hot (or hotter) when compared to another pepper?
Like the complexity of grapes for wines, there are a lot of nuances in the world of chilies that help create these extreme heats. In fact two peppers of the same type (even from the same plant) can have big differences in spiciness. We’ll touch on many, but let’s start with the one spicy compound that binds them all: capsaicin.
If you’ve only ever tried processed powdered cinnamon you may be thinking “Is cinnamon really spicy?”, but give a cinnamon stick a shot or try some fiery cinnamon candies. It can be as spicy as some of the milder hot peppers easily.
So what is cinnamon exactly and what gives it its surprising kick? There’s a lot to this staple spice that you may not have realized, including the fact that you’re topping your cappuccino with tree bark.
You likely know it as the spicy white condiment that you slather on a sandwich, roast beef or prime rib for a real kick. But how much more do you know? Horseradish has quite a following, and yet if you ask many people what it is, they’ll likely have no real idea.
This is one fiery food that shows up in more places than you likely realize, and in spite of its name, it has little to do with horses or radishes, at least in the way that we think of them. We’ll help make sense of that too. Let’s explore horseradish.
Talk about a spice that’s everywhere. From beverages like ginger ale and ginger beer to Thai dishes and sushi, ginger is all around us. But for all you see it, how much do you know about it? What is ginger, and how spicy is it? Are there differences between the ground ginger powder and fresh shaved ginger? Is ginger healthy?
Get ready for a few surprises, as ginger takes on different flavors depending on the form you’re eating. And some are spicier than others.