The Great Chili Cookoff
Okay...so it wasn't really "great" in terms of being some national competition or anything. In fact, there wasn't even a monetary prize. It was just for bragging rights. The winner got to proclaim that they had the best chili out of anybody in the entire 50+ person company. The winner out of the whopping seven people that entered the contest. So I guess it was great for that person.
Today marked yet another food day for our department with the theme being chili. You all know how I LOVE me some food days. Especially one geared towards chili. However, it would have been even better if the weather was seasonably cold like it is supposed to be this time of year. For some reason, that seems to make hot food taste even better.
The variety brought in was very interesting. Colin Farrell who sits behind me brought in some chicken chili that his wife made. He said he was worried that it turned out a bit soupier than he had expected. That probably worked to his advantage. That chili had a little bit of a chicken tortilla soup taste to it that put it among my favorite of all the selections.
Everyone kept talking about the crockpot against the wall that had some kick to it so naturally I had to try it. I wasn't tasting "the kick" they were all talking about. It just wasn't that spicy. What it did have was a very unusual taste that I could have sworn was chocolate powder. Would someone put chocolate powder in their chili in an effort to give it a unique flavor? I found out later it was actually ginger. Still not understanding that selection either, but to each their own.
There was another that had strange black things in it. They weren't olives. They weren't chunks of pepper. Was that.....? Yep. Cloves. I couldn't even bring myself to try that one. Yet another interesting choice. Are you supposed to even eat cloves? I thought that's what was used to season holiday hams?
As expected, I was paying the price for all the spicy eats. I at least figured it wouldn't be until later on this evening. Especially given that I had taken plenty of Tums and even Rolaids. Not so much. It wasn't even fifteen minutes after eating that I had to get it out of my system. That was around noon and I feel round four coming on as we speak.
So for the record, I now know that Chinese food, McDonald's and pretty much everything spicy goes right thru me.