Hotter Than Hell!The other day I was puttering around the kitchen, trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. I dug through my pantry and fridge and found a bottle of simmer sauce I picked up from Cost Plus World Market during one of my visits there. It was a Vindaloo sauce, very low in calories, and I thought I'd whip up a tasty, quick dinner.
I swirled a tiny bit of oil in my skillet and added some cubed up pieces of chicken breast. I let that cook then added onions, zucchini, and mushrooms. Once everything was cooked nicely I poured in the Vindaloo sauce. It was beautiful! It smelled amazing and looked good. I let the sauce, chicken and veggies cook together so the sauce thickened up a tad. I couldn't wait to eat!
I put a bed of rice in the center of my plate, topped it with the Chicken and Veggie Vindaloo and sat down to eat. I took one bite and WOW! I thought my head was going to explode. It was insanely hot!
What I failed to notice on the bottle of Vindaloo sauce were those three evil little peppers. Now, I can handle some spice, but this? It was way too much! I sucked down a forkful of rice and tried a few more bites of my meal. Big mistake! My mouth was on fire and the heat seemed to intensify as I sat there and tried to eat. Out of desperation, I gulped down a glass of milk to cool things off.
My poor husband can't tolerate spicy foods well (he's a big baby), so I put the remaining rice and Chicken and Veggie Vindaloo in a tupperware container and gave it to the only person I know who would eat it: My sister. Turns out that was a good move--she loved it and thought it was spicy but not too hot to eat. Apparently she inherited some sort of asbestos tastebuds or something.
Overall: this Vindaloo sauce was a huge disappointment. I wish it had been a few degrees cooler because it looked, smelled and tasted so good. Maybe I could have stirred in some yogurt to cool it off...who knows. Oh well...you can't win them all!