Oh, and to answer your question, I know of no way to detect the presence of chiles without taking a bite. If there are a preponderance of them in a dish, you might be able to tell by aroma, but not if there's only a few in there.
Around 1999, I used to drive through Wendy's in west Houston, for a nice cup of chili. I think it has ground meat, and maybe spicy chilli, not sure, but it is a food from the heaven (to me). It has red sauce (which is probably tomato sauce).
I've recently been diagnosed with an esophageal ulcer near my vocal chords due to Gastroesophageal Reflux. But all my doctor has done so far is to have me cut back on coffee and peppermint* and put me on Dexlansoprazole.
* Caffeine and peppermint relax the stomach muscle that keeps acid where it belongs.
Joined: Feb 26, 2005
Same thing with me (not tight closure between stomach and upper area).
In some horoscope materials, Librans are mentioned to have weak digestive system. I am a Libran. Are you by any chance?
I generally am able to take anything (except hard drinks, and chilli), as long I take those antacids or *prazole medicine first.
I havent found the fix for chilli. I wont dare take hard drinks, as a small sip seems to drill a hole on my stomach.
In summary, actually, 2 weeks of zantac already removes the pain (and thats all that the gastroenterologist gave me when I was first diagnosed with stomach ulcer.). But I feel that I have to accept the 'sensitivity' of my tummy as part of me; I have to live with it.
I dont believe in horoscopes either. Not in that level, or any level. I just wanted to add something to make my post 'meaningless', as the sheriff might put me behind bars. =)
Bear, It was a coincidence that today, you mentioned something like esophagus ulcer (the first time I hear of such), and thats what the doctor told me when I complained of pain in swallowing (nothing in mouth, empty swallowing, like swallowing just saliva) an hour ago.
edit: added ' (nothing in mouth, empty swallowing, like swallowing just saliva) '
Yeah, that's it. For me, the most discomfort is when making a hard G sound. My specific ulcer is s small one on what's called the left cuneiform tubercle. It's a collar of tissue surrounding the vocal chords.
Funny thing is, I've never had "heartburn" in my life. Turns out that I'm one of a handful of people who cannot feel heartburn. So apparently I do get it, I just can't feel it.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Technically (at least in US English) the word chilli or chili means a dish made with meat and chile peppers, also known as Chili con Carne. Chile is the fruit also known as peppers.
Not according to Merriam-Webster, who are a pretty good authority on US English, I think - and their description matches my experience. Though there may be regional differences within the US, overall we can use the same spellings for either the pepper or the meat sauce. And given that many posters here aren't even in the US, I think it makes sense to accept any of these common variant spellings.
Bear Bibeault wrote:Oh, and to answer your question, I know of no way to detect the presence of chiles without taking a bite.
Or, get a friend to take a bite. That seems safer.
And speaking of cooking: made ribs today on the Big Green Egg. Fantastic. No pictures -- they were so tender they simply fell apart as I was taking them off the grill. Not so photogenic, but really tasty. Next time I'll snap a photo before trying to move them!
Wendy's serves "bean stew" -- it's a wonder they don't get sued for calling it "chill"!
Joined: Feb 26, 2005
Yes, I think it is more of a ground beef and bean stew. It has a small amount of chilli pepper taste only. I wish I can make one myself. I got hungry for it today and ate spaghetti sauce from a can instead; sooooo not the same.