Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Scribble Picnic. . . . . . . .SPICY!

A spice is a seed, fruit, bark, or other plant substance primarily used for flavoring, 
coloring or preserving food. Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are leaves, 
flowers, or stems of plants used for flavoring or as a garnish. . . . . . 

. . . . . . .the Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of 
chili peppers, or other spicy foods, as reported in Scoville heat units (SHU), 
a function of capsaicin concentration. Capsaicin is one of many related pungent
 compounds found in chili peppers, collectively called capsaicinoids.
via Wikipedia

Personally, I often love to add spicy heat to foods by grilling or roasting peppers, 
the milder versions though, no Carolina Reaper, Nagar Viper or Trinidad Scorpion 
from the top of the Scovill Scale will ever rest on my chopping block! 
So, although I didn't illustrate Peter Piper and his "peck of pickled peppers". . . . . . 
I have this one lovely mild, spicy Piquillo red pepper to share.

While chatting about spicy pepper art for this week's SCRIBBLE PICNIC
 theme, I also want to share these fabulous Del-Destino Grilled Vegetables
 I found at Costco recently.
These jarred red Piquillo peppers, artichokes, zucchini and eggplant are great
to keep on hand, especially as I don't do much outside grilling in Winter.
 I had my personal, live-in shopper - Mr.Bob - return for a couple more jars
 to stock my shelf. 
I've already used over half of my first jar (the Costco offering is a 
gigantic 2lbs.8oz) on a homemade pizza topped with creamy Burrata, 
oven-roasted with fresh vegs (red onions, sweet potatoes, tomatoes) as a side, 
the leftovers then pureed into a veggie soup, and also in panini sandwiches with
 cheese and avocado.  
As suggested by the maker, the marinating oil in the jar makes a great
salad dressing - I added a couple of spoonfuls to a chipotle Ranch dressing
and it was so good.
Del-Destino Grilled Vegetables - a delicious spicy 
 addition to the kitchen pantry!

Off to visit Michael's weekly SCRIBBLE PICNIC to see what my art
group has come up with that's 'hot and spicy' on a cold winter's morning - always
 wonderful surprises from them.
Do stop by - and come join in, we'd love to have you.


  1. Fantastic art. I love it. Esp love the saying! We all need a little spicy in our life!! Grilled veggies, interesting, I have never seen that before.

  2. I love the little piece of art, my husband LOVES spice! The grilled veggies look delicious.

  3. I love your piece Mary, it's really nice, makes me think it should be framed and displayed in the kitchen! And those peppers...eek! I have NO TOLERANCE for anything spicy! I think I would have to call 911 if I had some of your veggies lol! ;) Nice lesson about the spice scale!!

  4. Oh MY! I am looking for these grilled veggies the next time I go to Costco. They look perfect for so many things. Love you pepper scribble too.

  5. Your art and your food are always over the top. So beautifully done. You have such talent. Your photography is also outstanding. That painting would be a lovely poster.

  6. Lovely post Mary, your piece is a stunning tribute to 'spicy' at the picnic today!

  7. Wanda is right - a poster or some notecards. Great information on the pungency scale too. I'll have to steer clear of most of that - my tolerance is very low, although I did send my husband to get Chinese food for lunch yesterday and told him to have them add the hot stuff thinking it would help with my cold. It didn't, but it tasted good. And those veggies from Costco look good too - we'll have to look for them next trip.

  8. Wow, you are making my mouth water ... I don't have a jar of peppers on hand or I would be racing downstairs to pop some in my mouth. Love the pizza idea too and putting the marinade in salad dressing ... Yummm! As for Thailand, Yes, I have been there and loved it and have plans to go back next winter. My son and his wife (who both work in construction) get their winters off so they go back every winter to spend time with her family. It is the best of two worlds, for sure. I hope you do get to go back, there seem to be endless places to go and wonderful things to see. I didn't mean to overlook your excellent art ... it is lovely and I like the effect of the papoer in the background. Now I think I will head down stairs to eat as you have my juices flowing :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  9. Mary, I love your creative offering here. A lovely munched on pepper! And yes, not too spicy apparently. I also love the idea of that pizza with those toppings. Please invite us all over! :) Yummy and insightful, as always. Thank you so much.

  10. Your art & the veggies you shared both look wonderful! I have to admit, according to the definition, I stretched the meaning of "spicy" a bit ;)

  11. Wonderful sketch for the theme, Mary! Your food photography literally had my mouth watering. I sometimes roast sweet potatoes whole, then halve them, and then I add a nice tomato-based topping using various grilled veggies in jars. Delicious!

  12. Nicely done with your poster! I think the key word in the quote is "little."

    Seems there's not much one can't find somewhere to purchase--grilled veggies in a jar, who'd have thought!

  13. Oh Mary, your grilled veg look delicious .... I did the same when everyone came over on Sunday .... I'm one of those people who don't like things overly spicy ... I think it's got something to do with the lining of your mouth but i do like a touch of mild heat. Some spices are beautifully subtle aren't they ? XXXX


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