If I could take three ingredients with me, on my quest to explore life in other galaxies and to boldly go where Captain James Kirk, Admiral Bill Adama and Commander John Crichton have gone before, it would be ginger, garlic and chilli. Oh, and coriander (even though it makes it four by Earthly count). The emphasis being on chillies! Chillies galore! It’s one ingredient that almost has a cult following the world over – you can almost bond with someone just on the basis of being in love with chillies.
Now, I’m not one of those foolish people who tries to size up my masculinity, manhood or machismo by engaging in chilli eating duels. Oh no! I do quite like my taste buds and my stomach to romance the million other flavours out there as well. But I do love chillies. All sorts. I also make my own chilli relish which has gained favour with all those who’ve tried it – not the hottest you can find, but definitely hard hitting on the fire and the flavour.
So, what it is about chillies?