A couple that cooks together, stays together

I’ve started eating spicy food (adding cayenne pepper, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, etc.) because of him. On our second date ❀, my boyfriend took me to the Thai restaurant. I had no idea what to order so he did it for me and I was sweating while eating the meal, but trying to play it cool πŸ˜ƒ.

Health benefits of spicy food: weight loss, heart health, cancer prevention, pain relief and longevity.

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Health benefits of cayenne pepper: helps digestion, relives mirgraine pain, prevents blood clots, provides detox support, relieves joint and nerve pain, supports weight loss, works as anti-irritant, treats psoriasis, boosts metabolism, fights cold and flu, source of vitamin A, contains vitamin E, prevents allergies, possible anti-cancer agent and anti-fungal properties.

My boyfriend has started eating more (even raw) onions, because I do it very often. My favorite sandwich is bread, butter and raw onion (lately I’m using Spanish onions, but I change it from time to time, because there’s so many of them, yum).

Health benefits of onions: helps fights cancer, protects heart health, helps maintain strong bones, can help prevent or manage diabetes, lower risk of arthritis and asthma, defend against respiratory infections and may help improve fertility.

So as you can see, we’ve improved each other by staying true to our own eating habits and brought these habits into each other’s lives ☺.

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When we cook together ❀ we only use extra virgin coconut oil or from time to time, extra virgin olive oil, but nothing else. The post about healthy oils I’ve already written here, you can take a look at it (if you haven’t done it yet).

Also, we always put many seasonings, but our most common are:

Ginger

Health benefits: nausea relief, digestive support, heals ulcers, boosts immunity, improves diabetes, anti-fungal, reduces pain, fights cancer, weight loss and anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric

Health benefits: anticoagulants/ antiplatelets, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, arthritis management, cancer treatment, diabetes management, gastrointestinal treatment, cholestreol regulator, painkiller and steroid.

Garlic

Health benefits (of raw garlic): combats heart disease, potential cancer fighter, controls blood pressure, treats cold and infections, helps reverse hair loss, help improve dementia symptoms and treats diabetes.

Basil

Health benefits: contains disease-fighting antioxidants, acts as an anti-inflammatory, fights cancer, contains antibacetrial properties, contains antimicrobial properties that fights viruses and infections, comabts sterss by acting as an ‘adaptogen’, fights depression, promotes cardiovascular health, supports liver function and helps detoxify the body, helps alkalize the body and improves digestion, can act as a natural aphrodisiac and helps protect from diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Oregano

Health benefits of oregano oil: reverse or reduce: bacterial infection, fungal infection, parasites, viruses, inflammation, candida, allergies and tumors.

Himalayan salt

Health benefits: improves respiratory problems, balances body’s pH, natural digestive aid and better sleep inducer.

Cayenne pepper and onions, which were both mentioned above.

All in all, I’m the cutter, he’s the chef ☺.

And after cooking, we consume our meal here πŸ™‚ :

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  1. My husband introduced me to a new level of spiciness to me too when we were dating. I am an Indian so imagine me being introduced to spiciness all over again πŸ˜‰ And then came my parents – visiting us in Northampton. By then my husband had picked up even more on green chilli quotient in food. I remember them gagging with shock. As I read this, I was just reminded of it. But as you said, the great part is that your metabolism is kicked into gear πŸ˜€

      1. Ha ha ha you are not alone at all. Although I am sneaky. I have quietly, over the course of five years of marriage, managed to tone down the spiciness πŸ˜€

      2. Hahaha, you’re good ☺, I think I already gave up and I’ve just started to like and appreciate this spiciness 😊.

      3. You are sweet. Wait a few more years? πŸ˜‰ But I am proud of you. Mexicans and Indians apart, I know very few people who can eat spicy food.

      4. Awww, thank you so much! ☺ Yes, we’ll see what’s gonna happen ☺, but I know that some of the meals I know that 3 years ago I wouldn’t even touch and now I have it and I like it so one way or the other 😊.

      5. That is lovely. I think that is part of growing together, isn’t it? You learn so much from each other and that is what makes life so much more fun and wonderful. The ability to learn and change.

  2. I think the most delicious Thai food is Tom Yum, little bit spicy but it makes me can’t stop eating. Maybe u should try Indonesian food also, more spicy than Thai food, let’s get sweat!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

  3. Aww that’s awesome. My boyfriend and I cook together a lot, and I used to cook with lots of sauces and spices and complex. He cooks very plain and simple, so we rubbed off on each other in that way!

  4. Cool. We eat alot alike. Except I’ve never tried coconut oil before. Himalayan salt in the cupboard but it hasn’t been opened yet. Will need to work it into some of my food one day. Great post.

  5. Heheh…the title got us to think – do we cook together? Well, not exactly since Mel can only do simple dishes. Rather we team work to put out a meal. He helps prepare some of the ingredients, I cook them and he washes up!

  6. I love cooking with fresh herbs! Not so much spicy things though, I’m a pretty big baby when it comes to that! Thanks for all the information πŸ™‚ I’ve really started to educate myself about what I put in my body and what it does for me!

    1. I was such baby as well, but not anymore so maybe it will change for you as well, who know, right? ☺ Thank you so much for your kind words! ☺ 🌼

  7. Goodie article, spicy could be a nice experience if your metabolism is working good and a little spicy food to muy way of thinking is good
    I remember my experience as wayfarer across Mexico or India, very food and my stomach was victim of different dishes.
    I love good food with fresh products as spicies and I think is sure only referee …simply you.
    Bon appetite.

    1. One day- for sure, just be patient and for now enjoy cooking spicy food alone and he’ll come your way! ☺ Thank you so much! ☺ 🌼

  8. I love spicy food, you just add a touch of something and this can change completely the taste…..
    I often use ginger to fight stomach problems and also when i have flu, it tastes so good and also helps without medicines πŸ™‚

  9. Same story for me, I didn’t eat spicy a few years ago but my boyfriend comes from Guadeloupe and only eats spicy food. And naturally, I ended eating only spicy food. My meals are full of pepper, red pepper, ginger, hot curry etc. I just can’t eat “normally” now, I feel like food has no taste aha. Great article πŸ–’πŸ˜™

  10. I LOVE spicy foods but my boyfriend hates them! Usually when we order a takeaway with his parents his mum and I will share a spicy curry while him and his dad tuck into a korma haha. It’s great that you guys have introduced each other to new flavours!
    Elen x
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  11. Ohh so nice, i also love spicy food and it was me who showed all these flavors to my boyfriend. In the beginning he was reluctant, but now he loves it as much as i do. I can see myself not eating sweets, but cannot help myself when i see something spicy or salty:) big kiss ula

  12. My husband loves spicy food, but I don’t.. we lived in Asia for a number of years and I still don’t like the chillis… but we do cook weekend meals together: there’s lots of western non-spicy food that is yummy and appealing to us both

  13. Hi there! Loved to know the story! I like basil and oregano, but I don’t eat raw onions, thought “fried” in olive oil, yes, and I love dishes with that! I started little by little to eat some spicy things, but I still cannot eat very hot food, not yet πŸ™‚ Maybe one day! Loved your blog, will follow now!
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  14. I love spicy foods as well… When is the time to enjoy such things if not now? πŸ™‚ Cause when old age finally gets to you, you’re gonna have to be careful πŸ˜‰

    Thank You for that small glossary of health benefits. Always good to know πŸ™‚

    I envy you and your boyfriend… I have yet to discover what it’s like to do stuff together like that.

    Big Hugs, Dear! πŸ™‚

  15. Ginger and turmeric are my new remedies for my chronic back pain! I love being in my tiny kitchen with my partner. We usually make his favorite and mine, vegetable Tagine and we do add a lot of spices!
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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