He mixed the white rice with the giardiniera peppers and put a forkful in his mouth. The rice was soft, and he didn’t notice the giardiniera as he chewed. The rice tasted sweet on his tongue. In contrast, the peppers were hot. They made his mouth tingle, but to him it was a pleasant sensation. The flavor and the sensation combined delightfully as he continued to chew.
When he swallowed, the sweet taste of the white rice disappeared. All that remained was the tingling spiciness of the giardiniera peppers. When his food hit his stomach, the peppers warmed it nicely.