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Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Chilli con Carne and more Lavash

You know, I've always thought it strange that Chilli is a meat dish coz over here, when we say chilli, we mean the hot, spicy, burn your mouth off chilli pepper that is actually the fruit of plants from the genus capsicum. I did study Agricultural Science in secondary school so I do know what I'm talking about. (couldn't resist showing off... sorry!).

Anyway, back to Chilli con Carne. Apparently, the name comes from the Spanish Chile con Carne which means Peppers with Meat. If I was naming it, I'd have named it Meat with Peppers coz there's more meat in it than peppers right? Right?? RIGHT????

Anyway, I've always loved this dish. Heck, anything with minced beef in it has got to be good, especially when you add in tomatoes, beans and a little bit of spice! I made two measures of Lavash to go with this Chilli while the Chilli itself was made by The Lovely Wife. After my Bond story, I think she had the urge to play Tiffany Case, to my Bond...

We've both wanted to make Chilli con Carne for the longest time but she beat me to it. Her Chilli is based on the recipe from the Usbourne Little Children's Cookbook - one that we bought the kids to use but it looks like the parents are using it too!! She also had a look at a Chilli Recipe used by Chef Wan as well. This is what she did:

1 Onion
2 gloves garlic
500g minced beef
3 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 can red kidney beans - strained
1 can stewed tomaotes
2 fresh tomatoes - chopped
t Tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp brown sugar
Black Pepper

Dice onions and garlic and fry gently until tender. Add in the beef and cook until nicely browned. Stir in the chilli powder, curry powder and cumin and then add the strained kidney beans. Add in the tomatoes, sugar and herbs and black pepper and mix well. Allow to simmer until thick, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

The Chilli was really tasty and it went really, really well with the Lavash as an appetiser. We also served it with some corn chips. But I suppose the burninq question is, How did Bond like it??

Bond wiped the sides of his lips with the napkin. Gazing deeply into Tiffany's eyes, he let his gaze fall to her bosom and then down to her long legs. He let out a deep sigh before he stood up.

"Well, I hate to eat and run Tiffany, but duty calls you know." said Bond...


fatboybakes said...

hey, i've been told that chilli con carne goes really well with roti canai. so strange, nigel of just heavenly pleasures JUST brought some to my place a couple of weekends ago, and its yummy! your wife's chilli looks awesome too. actually that lavash recipe is quite fun huh.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Ever the Daring Baker Dharm. Now that life many not be so hectic you should try tossing your way into last months pizza challenge too. If you brush the dough with olive oil, bake it and then sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese you have something delish to go with your aromatic chili too. Pizza Hut calls it Cheesy Bread and it is pretty popular:D

giz said...

Hey!!! I like the idea of chili with home made lavash

Laurie said...

Your wife's chili looks awesome and I LOVE the Bond story! There's some very fun stuff going on in your kitchen.

I tried your Joust recipe for the citrus prawn on spiced pumpkin and it was totally awesome - and yes restaurant worthy.

Chefspiration said...

chilli con carne is one of my favourite things to eat!! still haven't managed to get the perfect recipe yet...will have to give this one a try!


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