If you ever needed a way to liven up a party, maybe you should think about serving Pimientos de Padrón. Normally served as tapas, these bite-sized green fruits are sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with ground sea-salt. Most of the peppers are mild, but somewhere in the mix lay a couple of ridiculously hot ones. And that’s where the fun lies.

Being a tapas, this dish brings people together by giving them a common experience of food. Not only do they bond by sharing a plate, but also by participating in a game of pepper roulette. This bond has been documented by numerous food bloggers.

‘The discussion becomes extremely lively as soon as one person bites into a hot one’-
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The world has Galicia to thank for this dish! Galicia, while part of the mainland is an autonomous community with a distinct cultural heritage, climate and geography. This region has become quite well known for serving and promoting Pimientos de Padrón.

This dish is commonly served overseas in a similar fashion. In Melbourne, Movida amongst other Spanish restaurants serve them. Although, many celebrations or gatherings around the world tend to make this dish. A combination of the ingredients being accessible, being easy to make and being a hell of a lot of fun make this dish common at parties and gatherings around the world.

This dish is fascinating to me as it can symbolise so many aspects of regional and also Spanish culture. The risk involved in eating this food could reflect the danger in trying to be autonomous. The spices mixed with the element of entertainment seems to reflect the common perception of Spanish culture; vibrant and spicy. Having recently watched ‘La dieta mediterranea’, I also see this dish as a representation of how the world sees Spanish food and culture: feminine and almost sexual.