My Beloved is a pepperbelly – my affectionate term for his fondness for all things spicy. He likes his food hot and it took awhile for me to not be offended when he added hot sauce to anything I made.

So tonight we had ham and bean soup and biscuits – one of our favorite cold night suppers. Of course he added hot sauce, and then filled a spoonful to eat straight. Princepesa was awestruck, and Viking wanted to try it too.

Beloved obliged! He put about two shakes on Viking’s spoon and the boy downed it! He even wanted a second spoonful, which put him over the edge. He had to glug some of his milk, but he insisted it was good.

So is a taste for the spicy being learned here, or a macho take-all-bets male attitude, or what?