Since beating children “is not very popular” anymore, TV chef and healthy food evangelist Jamie Oliver said he punishes his naughty children by making them eat hot peppers.
Oliver revealed his parenting wisdom on the BBC’s Good Food Show in London. He said he once went so far as to employ the homicidally hot Scotch Bonnett pepper to teach his daughter Poppy, 12, a lesson.
“Poppy was quite disrespectful and rude to me and she pushed her luck. In my day I would have got a bit of a telling-off but you are not allowed to do that,” Oliver said. (We assume “telling off” is the UK equivalent of “opening up a can of whoop ass.”)
Instead, Oliver gave her a whoop apple, if you will, when he served her a sliced apple onto which he had rubbed the spicy pepper.