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Kitchen Haiku: Call Me Hot Chilli Capsicum…

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“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” Erma Bombeck

In the kitchen  Chilli Capsicum

In the kitchen Chilli Capsicum

My Hot Kitchen Spice
They call you Habanero
My sweet Capsicum

Where’s my darling Spice? Call me… My favorite kitchen spice is chilli pepper of the capsicum family. I love the whole range of hot, sweet, mild peppers, but the hot chilli holds my heart.  Yes, I’m one of those people who travel with a personal stash. What about you? What kitchen ingredient is always by your side?.



Cubanelle, my love
Hot soup memories linger
Scotch bonnet dreams too

Hey, Naga Viper
My Carolina Reaper
I love you dearly

“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.” George Bernard Shaw

Chilli pepper-Large Cayenne

Chilli pepper-Large Cayenne

Cayenne pepper cries
Trinidad Moruga smiles
Scorpion bites … tonight

Sweet green bell peppers
Infinity chilli swoons
Yellows, reds, Call me…

So we take a spice we love and write a funny ode or haiku in praise of it… I do hope you see the humor in my extravagant pronouncements for the chilli capsicum spice. If not, Call Me.

Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor. William Cowper



Chilli Peppers Central Market HoustonTX

Chilli Peppers Central Market HoustonTX

Jalapeño dates
Hotter than Bhut Jolokia
Come market with me

My hot kitchen spice
Trinidad Scorpion Butch Days
Habanero calls…

In case you are wondering, I added the names of several types of chilli pepper. Some are off the chart hot. I  love them all. What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without?

What are your thoughts? What creative impulses were triggered by the chilli pepper photos? Please share your thoughts in a comment below. Thank you!

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?

Positive Motivation Tip: In my kitchen, the hot chilli pepper rules supreme. Find your passion and embrace it without shame.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos  Various Chilli Peppers  Capsicum, via Wikipedia or my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

48 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/02/2014 1:00 pm

    One item in my kitchen that I can’t cook without??? I would either have to go with chicken broth or garlic salt. I swear, I throw them into EVERYTHING – whether the recipe calls for it or not 🙂

  2. 09/02/2014 1:08 pm

    I do love hot and spicy food-but it no longer loves me–Garlic is the one thing that I use almost constantly in everything I make1

  3. 09/02/2014 1:11 pm

    Fresno chilies are my favorites, but the can’t-live-without item in my kitchen is olive oil. For sure.

  4. teresa mccluskey permalink
    09/02/2014 1:35 pm

    I love this! I really like how you can have so much fun with words! I too love chilies.

  5. 09/02/2014 1:51 pm

    We too love peppers, Chili or Cayenne are my favorites. All that heat makes the flavors stand out!

  6. 09/02/2014 2:08 pm

    I have to admit I don’t really do peppers – I’m not a spicy person. I am however pulled in by your love for them and now want to try one again :/ x

  7. 09/02/2014 2:16 pm

    Love the pictures of the peppers – so colourful.

  8. 09/02/2014 2:45 pm

    love your chili words…not too much HOT for me…but, I too…like a little in some dishes…neat post!

  9. 09/02/2014 2:48 pm

    i love hot food!!!

  10. 09/02/2014 3:00 pm

    I loved these pictures. I’m not a huge fan of hot/spicy foods but my husband sure it. This makes me want to go cook something for him 🙂

  11. 09/02/2014 3:11 pm

    Yes you are right, disgracefully some of my spices are still in tin containers and over 20 years old. I do not use them but I have not thrown them out either. I do but fresh now and love hot peppers too !

  12. 09/02/2014 3:13 pm

    I like lots of herbs and spices. Ginger root is one of my favorites. I like moderately hot chilies in foods.

  13. 09/02/2014 3:20 pm

    Garlic, onions, ginger root, and of course chili peppers. My kitchen are never without them.Sorry. I can’t name one without naming the other. 🙂 Love the Haikus. Descriptive and vibrant.

  14. 09/02/2014 3:20 pm

    I love spicy food I can’t really eat it because I’m nursing. My mother cooks everything with pepper.

  15. 09/02/2014 3:43 pm

    I love chilis & hot spices, yum! Spicy food for the win!

  16. 09/02/2014 3:53 pm

    Wait no Ghost Peppers? I have only tried a Habenero once and it was in cheese and I could not handle it. I love cayenne pepper but my favorite seasoning to keep with me at all time should be our Creole Seasoning – the perfect mix for just about everything I make.

  17. 09/02/2014 5:04 pm

    My hub loves spicey foods but I have never been able to eat them.

  18. 09/02/2014 6:56 pm

    Spicy food is a must in our house. My 7 year old enjoys it also:) Loved the poems and cant wait to share these ones with my class. Thanks for sharing!

  19. 09/02/2014 7:22 pm

    I is incredibly hard to throw a spice out. I love the fiery taste of hot peppers, and I have a chipotle chili powder that I use for adding heat, and every time I do…it fills my kitchen and makes me choke. It literally gets in your lungs. My favorite dried spice is garlic powder. I love using it.

  20. 09/02/2014 7:34 pm

    I think my favorite spice is cumin. My husband isn’t so thrilled with my obsession lol.

  21. 09/02/2014 7:51 pm

    Chili pepper is huge part of the cuisine here. There is actually a dish that consists entirely of chili pepper and white cocoa beans, in equal portions.

  22. 09/02/2014 10:17 pm

    I love these colourful pictures. Salt and pepper are of course the most basic spices. I add cinnamon to a lot of food, for instance apples or pears. I love ginger, but also paprika, chilli and all the Italian herbs. It is just wonderful to have a lot of different spices available in cooking.

  23. 09/02/2014 10:38 pm

    Those are some great looking pepper. I love hot peppers.

  24. 10/02/2014 2:06 am

    What a wonderful variety, I wouldn’t know what to do with most of them!

  25. 10/02/2014 3:17 am

    I love peppers. I don’t have a go-to, but hubby always wants his Montreal spice.

  26. 10/02/2014 4:39 am

    My dad’s girlfriend gave us a bunch of different peppers from her garden this summer and my husband put ’em in our spaghetti – it was so good!

  27. 10/02/2014 5:59 am

    I hate the way pepper burns my mouth and tongue when eating hot foods so I hate pepper. But those are lovely haiku up there. 🙂

  28. 10/02/2014 6:15 am

    My husband and I are not into hot spices too much. I use them but I can’t use a lot. We are from the midwest originally and grew up in the 60s and there were not a lot of hot spices used on a daily basis back then in the midwest.

    I do love adding a little Worcestershire sauce to some of my recipes and it gives it a little special added flavor.

  29. 10/02/2014 7:39 am

    I need to learn more about how to cook with peppers! I love them! Yummy!

  30. 10/02/2014 8:00 am

    I do love peppers – all kinds! Can’t leave the store without a few. But for the spice I would carry with me, it’s a hard choice, but I think garlic wins.

  31. 10/02/2014 8:43 am

    Love the quote on Egyptians being buried with their spices…that might just happen to me! What a wonderful piece on spices…in the red chili category, the earthy Kashmiri chili still holds a special place in my kitchen:)

  32. 10/02/2014 9:15 am

    My kitchen it’s garlic, onion powder, my husband makes an amazing salsa with all kinds of peppers in it chopped up fine.

  33. 10/02/2014 10:50 am

    I was born in Haiti and these peppers are use a lot in many of the dishes! I love cooking with them, gives a lot of flavor. My hubby loves hot peppers!

  34. 10/02/2014 12:11 pm

    I love spices! or WE love.

    There is no dinner on this table without garlic, chili, pepper and a lot of other goodness 😉

  35. 11/02/2014 4:31 am

    I love spices and have a kitchen cabinet full of them. I can’t live without my Old Bay Seasoning for my fish. I love hot peppers and there’s also a bottle of hot sauce in my kitchen as well. Even my kids love it. 🙂

  36. 11/02/2014 9:05 pm

    I wish I were just a little braver with the hot peppers. I don’t really know how to work with them. I’m a bit of a lightweight! But currently I’m very fond of turmeric, and make tea or just add it to everything from soups to popcorn! 🙂

  37. 12/02/2014 3:38 pm

    Guilty of not throwing out old spices; I just can’t do it. Some of those really old Durkee’s cans I’ve had since the 1980s may have only a few particles of long gone tasteless stuff in them, yet they still decorate my cupboard.

  38. 13/02/2014 5:18 pm

    wow very colorful .. and i think it’s very hot ..

  39. Mandy @householdhero permalink
    20/02/2014 6:36 pm

    Love the bright vibrant pictures

  40. 21/08/2015 10:53 am

    Since I first read your kitchen haiku, I wanted to let you know another use for the tiny cans that spices used to be sold in. I had been to an antique store in Smithville, Ohio where I saw a collection of these little cans on sale for $5.00 each. That added a whole new value and perspective to the collection in my kitchen.

    • 06/09/2015 10:35 am

      Thank you and so good to know because I have a couple myself and I didn’t pay that much for them so, they are holding their value. Thanks again! 🙂


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