We all crave a bit of heat on the inside, or rather for the insides, when it’s cold outside. Which is why winter is the perfect time for soul-soothing, heart-warming spicy food. I lust after the kind of hot, fiery, wake-me-up and keep-me-excited intensity of Indian or Korean dishes as well as the gentle heat-meets-sweet of cinnamon, the vigor of ginger, the aromatic ease of cumin, and the subtle distinctions of sharp, smoky, and pungent you get from all those great Mexican chilli peppers.
I couldn’t wait, so decided to switch things around a bit in the Eat Winter! celebration calendar and focus this week on all kinds of piquant, piercing, and even just ever so slightly earnest spice on the tongue. Where on the earth do you find your favorite spicy cusine? Do you have a favorite peppery dish you love to do in cold weather? Or is there one spice that really gets you excited when the mercury drops?
Stay tuned for podcasts this week on great ideas on spicing up your cooking and your cocktails.