“The hotter the better” has been my personal mantra for years. I use chili peppers as if they were ordinary vegetables, I add Tabasco/ Sambal/ harissa to practically everything and I simply cannot eat a pizza without some hot chili oil. (yes, it is that bad!) I honestly believed I could practically handle any hot dish… until I tried the “firecracker chicken : super spicy” at Wagamama this weekend.
Don’t get me wrong , it was absolutely to die for! Unfortunately not just figuratively but literally as well. The sweet- and-spicy sauce was deliciously fragrant, the chicken was moist and the vegetables still crunchy. It was in every possible way the perfect dish…
Then the chilies started to kick in. I started to sweat, my eyes teared up and it felt as if someone was sticking one hundred needles into my stomach. (yes, it was that bad!)
But no matter who f***ing spicy the firecracker chicken was, I still love spicy food! I dare say I love it even more! The “Oh my God this is delicious/ I am going to die” episode at Wagamama made me realize that there is still so much about spicy food that I have yet to discover.
So , instead of giving my stomach some time to relax, I cooked a lamb vindaloo the other day. And yes, it sure as hell was delicious! And yes, it sure as hell was spicy! But that’s the way it should be!
Life is too short to eat bland food!
I live in Belgium. The best country in the world to live in when you have a love affair with chocolate.
I am addicted to chocolate in all its forms: dark, milk, white and nutty. Chocolate bonbons, with praline filling or oozing liquor. Chocolate truffles. Hot chocolate.
I simply cannot pick a favorite! But then again, I don’t need to. Why choose, when you can have and – more importantly – eat them all?
I opted for an overdose of chocolate today. At this little hidden gem in my hometown Ghent, called “Huize Collette” , I treated myself to a “chocolate indulgence” : a milk hot chocolate with extra honey and chili. Accompanied by a cake stand of brownies, chocolate cookies, small chocolate drops, marshmallows, Maltesers and whipped cream.
It was pure chocolate heaven!
And remember: Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty!
These little dark monsters may look like hell, I can assure you, they sure taste like HEAVEN! Don’t be put off by the lavender, it simply adds another dimension to an otherwise boring cookie. So for once and for all, stop associating lavender with soap or toilet freshener, because its fragrant smell and taste belong in the kitchen!
Oh boy, these brownies are definitely not for the faint-hearted! They are quite boozy from the Cointreau and the chocolate gives them a rich and moist consistency. You get an intense melt-in-the-mouth feeling every time you pop a piece of it in your mouth and for a brief moment it feels as if you’ve just died and gone to HEAVEN. Yes, these cointreau and chocolate brownies are that good!
And please, don’t wreck this sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. There are times for eating light and healthy , and there are times for eating brownies. And I always prefer the latter.