Every September, the next town over has a chili pepper festival.
Because I have IBS-C, this has become one of my favorite things ever.
Last year, the chili pepper fest made an impression on me for two reasons.
First - There were so many bees!!! As friends and I walked from hot sauce vendor to hot sauce vendor, bees COVERED every table and sample jar. I've never seen so many bees in my life. I knew I was going to get stung. And I did. Right above my bum. Just like a tramp stamp.
I went on to have a panic attack. This is because when I was a child, doctors told me that I was allergic to bees. However, no precautions had ever been given or taken for this. So I couldn't quite remember if this allergy was factual or if I'd made it up.
Five minutes went by. I didn't go into shock. So I knew for sure: NOT ALLERGIC TO BEES!
The second memorable event of that day was this: I tried a new kind of vino that I'd never had before.
Wine and spice are BFFs to the IBS-C gut. Taken as an aspertif post-meal, jalapeno vino cuts through the food. It's like: "Oh, you want me to digest this for you? No problem. I GOTS THIS."
It's also DELICIOUS.
Growing up in a house of Ellios pizza, cereal, and Easy Mac - I never knew real flavors. So when I first tried spicy food, it tasted spicy. Only recently, as I've stuck to raw unprocessed foods, have I begun to detect flavors underneath the heat.
Jalapeno is hot. It's also really cool. It has a green summery fragrance to it, like cucumber. It can cut through any heavy meal. But it don't wanna hurt ya. Jalapeno is to digestion as a push is to a toddler on the swing. It gives you a little lift.
There are tons of recipes online explaining how to be legit with it.
As a wannabe-herbalist, I'm more into infusions... like infusing lavender in wine or olive oil... I did that back in '08 and lost the pretty pink after photo. But this is a good one too.
For the jalapeno vino, I did the same damn thing.
1 fresh jalapeno chopped
16 ounces of pinot grigio
Put on gloves to protect your fingers.
Drop jalapeno pieces into a 16 ounce jar of pinot grigio.
Let the jalapeno pieces and vino sit in the fridge for 5 days.
After five days, drain the vino into a new jar.
Do whatever you want to with the jalapeno.
Drink the vino.
I'm thinking cayenne and shiraz.
Finally, a ginormous thank you to AMBER for nominating me for the Food Stories Award.
Amber is majorly awesome, someone who I think I would've been BFFs with if we had gone to high school together. I'm so flattered that such a good writer and brilliant foodie thought of me for this. Also - I really do try to tell stories. I spent 60 thousand bucks and countless hours of my life on learning how to be a published fiction writer. Gotta make something out of that!
Now! It's MY turn to nominate.
I'm nominating Sarena from The Non-Dairy Queen.
Oh Sarena! Where do I begin? She's the wife of an illustrator, the mother to two incredibly cute sons, and reading their blog, I swear - the four of them seem to have so much fun together. She has a crazy bad ass work ethic, busting her butt around the clock. And she still finds time to work out every day and cook amazing allergy free food for her men.
Sarena's recipes are super simple and super delicious. I've been using her pancake one for two years and have not looked back.
From my perspective - she seems to have the coolest life, full of everyday adventures. I love reading about it.
If you're so inclined:
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