Re: Chillies. Who loves chillies?
The chili pepper has really become popular in the U.S. over the last 10 years or so. It seems like you can buy any product in flavors that include spicy varieties. That wasn't always the case. I think we've become accustomed to spice in a way that we weren't always.
I am a big fan of the Thai curries. I especially like the red curry with a lot of chili oil added to make it very spicy. The dishes I like best are called names like Gang Dang, Gang Ped and Gang Gai. The spice of the chile and flavor of the curry is balanced by the coconut milk. The dish looks creamy but then the spice hits you when you taste it!
I enjoy adding jalapenos to almost any food. They're good on a burger, good on pizza. They can really liven up a sandwich. Habaneros are much, much hotter. But just last night, I chopped up an orange habanero from my garden and added it to an arrabiata (spicy red) sauce that I served with penne pasta. It imparts not only a lot of heat but a delicious flavor!