The cayenne comes inside

Yes, today was a blustery October day. Almost November. Time for the cayenne to come inside. Yanked by its roots, it is hanging upside down in the stairwell from the kitchen to the upstairs bedroom, between my paintings “Toledo is a kite to me now” and “Greg in high heel shoes” and beneath the horse mask from Tijuana.

There are many claimed health benefits for cayenne including promoting a healthy heart, demonstrating anti-irritant and anti-fungal properties, beneficially treating migraines. Whether all this is true or not is up to science and herbal activists to prove, but for me it all comes down to the energetic, zippy, fiery taste with a kick that it infuses to all food it accompanies. I appreciate that. A lot.

Passing by the bold, bright, assertive red each and every evening before going to bed and when I walk downstairs each and every morning– eating this spirited, spicy heat all through the winter– will help me remember the brilliant, warm, ripe sunshine of July and August; summer’s idleness and bounty.

This is really what it means to bring the cayenne inside.

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4 Responses to The cayenne comes inside

  1. I envy you. I’m allergic to cayenne. Enjoy…for both of us!

  2. May the healing powers of the Cayenne rub off on the Heels of Gregory.

  3. Jerome Bloom says:

    HOT HOT HOT

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    GET THE

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    TO PRODUCE

    WEWOULD

    HAVESOME

    VERYREDHOT

    FRUIT

    BITTERSWEET

    AND

    SPICY

  4. Annie says:

    I’m a huge fan of cayenne. I just read in the Daily OM (a great site) “If you feel ill health coming on, brew a wellness elixir. Simmer three sliced lemons, one teaspoon freshly grated ginger, one clove freshly minced garlic, and one quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper in five cups water until the lemons are soft and pale. Strain a portion into a mug and add honey by tablespoons until you can tolerate the taste. Drinking this potent mixture of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal ingredients three times each day can ensure your symptoms never progress into a full-blown illness.”

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