You know that old saying, “You are what you eat.” If that is true, I am a pepper.
The Albanian word for peppers is “speca” (I pronounce it SPAYT-SA, and to me, it sounds like others pronounce it this way, to. [Even though there is no “t.”]). I hear “speca” so often that in complete honesty, I sometimes have trouble remembering the English word for it.
I like speca, but over this past summer I have eaten enough to grow tired of it. But, I thought, Ah-ha! Autumn is coming. And that means no more speca.
I thought wrong. I forgot about canning. It seems I will be enjoying speca for months (and years) to come!
My host mother asked me if I’d like to accompany her to her sister’s house to see the canning process. We arrived at 11:30 a.m. and did not leave until 8:30 p.m. (I had been warned this would be an all-day affair.)