|Spicy shrimp and grits, recipe below|
My wife and children love spicy hot food. In doing research for my book Hog and Hominy http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-14638-8/hog-and-hominy I learned that allot of the peppers that spice up dishes here in the Americas came from Africa via the African slave Trade. Enslaved Africans cultivated them in subsistence gardens in Brazil, Cuba, Martinique, and the Carolinas. For instance, we know that, as early as 1742, South Carolinians cultivated Guinea Pepper from an African tree that planter and slave owner Eliza Lucas Pinckney claimed produced a “good ingredient” used for seasoning simple low country seafood dishes.
Spicy Shrimp and Grits Recipe: http://myhusbandcooks.wordpress.com/2006/11/27/shrimp-n-grits-need-i-say-more/
Spicy Hot Food Stories and Recipes: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Spicy