I've never bought one before, because their reputation scares the poop outta me. I was even nervous unpacking it from the grocery bag. I mean, what if it turned into a fiery grenade on the way home from the market and got in my eye? I don't even have the proper gear to prepare this thing, my plan is to stick my hands in leftover bulk bags and hope for the best. I could go the easy route and punch pin holes in it, then throw it in a pot of something, but no. I'm bigger than that, I plan to buck up and de-seed this bomb o' fire. It'll be like a culinary spiritual quest. Maybe when I'm done, my spirit spice will come to me and guide me for the rest of my life.
I bought the habanero because I want to make The Jamaican Jerk Seasoning out of Taymer Mason's new book, Caribbean Vegan. The recipe states you can actually use two of these hotties if you want, but I figure wee titty baby steps, right?
Taymer's publisher, The Experiment, has offered to send a free copy of Caribbean Vegan to one of you (if you live in the US or Canada). If you're interested in some island deliciousness, either tell me about one of your culinary worries, or tell me the story of your spirit spice and how it came to keep you safe. On Saturday, I'll pick a random commenter to win. Woo-woo!
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