I would probably be the same if it wasn't for 'Mad Cow Disease' - BSE = bovine spongiform encephalopathy - 1996.
We were a group of 3 couples that regularly ate out on a Saturday evening - Manzil's Indian restaurant, Morpeth. The other 5 had Indian meals and I would have a rump steak, very well done. So when they had to take steak off the menu I was sat in the restaurant one Saturday evening wondering what to try. The staff said they had mild curries that I should try and they recommended chicken tikka for starters and chicken korma for main, I accepted. Chicken tikka Ok, but still toooo warm for me
- chicken korma, very mild and creamy and I have stuck with that, as my foreign food dish, for the last 24 years.
I was working in London, late 1980's, on an MOD project, with a load of contractors and we used to have a project night out once a month at various restaurants. So we ended up in an Indian's one night and having partaken in a few pints beforehand I decided to be adventurous and go for a starter before my steak. Ordered Mulligatawny Soup - never again has Mulligatawny Soup passed my lips.
Nobody else thought it was hot but my mouth was still feeling the taste/heat for the following two days.