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Presenting the assortment of peppers that went into dinner - one Scotch bonnet, two cherry bomb, and four fingers (from Kenya and India, apparently, in this case). They provided some.. invigoration for a vaguely Thai-inspired curry, with chicken strips and pork & Bramley apple sausage slices at the forefront, backed up by baby corn and thin beans, rounded out with some ricotta and brown sugar, in a sauce primarily based on a thick vegetable chowder instant soup mix, with backup vocals by garlic powder, basil, lemongrass purée, and lemon thyme.

(To be honest, only half of that wound up on the plate - I deliberately made enough for another night. Anyone want to visit? =:)

I think my hearing's returning to normal already, too.
Hell yes. Or I want you to come round and make me a pizza. Your meals always sound fantastic!

You know, that's actually quite feasible.. I'm quite a pleasant jaunt down one of Southern's lines out of the Big Smoke. (Or Fairly Large Mostly Clean Air These Days Conurbation, but that just doesn't have the same ring to it)

I wouldn't mind visiting. :) Where are you living nowadays?
Well, the closest big airport is LHR. ^_^ (Which I really need to be visiting much more often.. *sigh* So many countries yet to visit, so many to spend time in again, not to mention that yearning to return to where I belong)

Oh, for a few thousand spare in the account. ^_^

One of the office contracts I work often has goods from somebody's home garden, offered up for the taking. Johnathan apples and jalapeno peppers, presently. Yesterday, one of the office cats, (the normally docile one!) took a sharp interest in the peppers- even, comically, picking some up with her claws like a squirrel, flailing, gnawing the stems like it was catnip. One by one, they were knocked to the floor, where she promptly lost interest and moved on to the next one; she was highly energized by it all. Maybe because the juice bites back?

Pepper predator.
Hee! Makes one wonder how different species' sense of taste varies - ISTR some/all birds are perfectly happy with capsaicin. What do rabbits make of peppers? Or chocolate? (Or chocolate-coated peppers?)

Are you taking advantage of the jalapeños? I could imagine some killer relish or chutney coming from those, especially coupled with the apples.

While I'm not incompetent in the kitchen, I'm fairly artless in general. I do yearn for the finer things, but that usually just means I pay extra for a cut of hormone-free grain fed beef from an independent rancher, accompany it with organic veggies, and then just toss the lot in a crock pot and boil the hell out of it until it can be eaten with a spoon.

I did eat an apple, though. :)