The Hot Cook

For lovers of hot and spicy food everywhere

Garlic

garlic

Garlic is an essential ingredient with any meal where cooked peppers are involved.

One of my favorite recipes is a couple of cloves of chopped garlic, two chopped chili peppers the hotter the better, paprika, salt and pepper put in a small frying pan with a lump of butter and prawns.

Cook on a medium heat until all the liquid released from the prawns has evaporated just leaving the melted butter then serve with garlic bread and a glass of wine.

A very simple recipe that just takes a few minutes and yet is so tasty as well as being healthy.

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Red Pepper Soup

Red peppers

Take 4 red peppers and cut them into quarters, brush them with oil and bake them at 200C until the skins start to burn.

Boil up the chopped carrots, celery onion, chili pepper and garlic together with a stock cube and then simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove the burn skin from the quartered peppers, chop into small pices and add them and the tomatoes to the pan and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Serve with garlic bread.

4 Red bell peppers
1 Chili pepper
2 Pints water
1 Vegetable stock cube
2 Chopped carrots
2 Chopped cellery
1 Chopped onion
2 Garlic cloves
1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper

Different types of Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers   

There are two main types of peppers from the Capsicum annuum family, the chili pepper and the bell pepper, sometimes called the sweet pepper.

The main differences between them are their shapes and the fact that the bell pepper doesn’t produce capsaicin which the part of the pepper that gives the hot sensation when placed in the mouth.

Both varieties are used in cooking with the chili pepper being used to spice food whilst the bell pepper is used in salads.

Health Benefits of Chili Peppers

red chili peppers

Capsaicin one of the ingredients in chili peppers has numerous health benefits.

Capsaicin lowers your blood pressure and also your cholesterol so reducing your chances of suffering a heart attack.

When consumed capsaicin increases your metabolic rate thereby burning off more calories even when your body is at rest, the effect has been measured at around a ten percent increase in metabolic rate.

Capsaicin has been shown to regulate blood sugar in mice and many diabetics use capsaicin for treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Several studies have shown that capsaicin can suppress the growth of cancer cells.

Capsaicin is used in medicines and creams to help with the symptoms of arthritis and general pain relief.

As well as being rich in capsaicin fresh chili peppers are high in vitamin C which boosts the bodys immune system, they also contain antioxidants such as vitamin A, and flavonoids like ß-carotene, α-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin.

Chili peppers are mineral rich especially with potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.

All in all the humble chili pepper as well as spicing up your food has great health benefits.

Chilies

Chilies

chilies
I just love cooking and eating hot food, especially food cooked with chili peppers.

Here are some of the more popular chili varieties;

Jalapeños – a very hot chili used fresh, pickled or dried.

Habañero – extremely hot with a fruity flavor usually orange in color.

Scotch Bonnet – red hot chili yellow, red or green.

Bird’s-eye – small and powerful chili used in Thai cooking.

Poblano – mild dried chili used in Poblano sauce.

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