Category Archives: Chili con carne

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Saturday night at the sister’s again, another episode of Peter Capaldi’s mad-eyed Dr Who to savour, plus the usual banquet.  Been cooking most of the afternoon; krispy kale with kashews, flatbreads, Quorn ham &  cheese frittata.  Also used up what was left of last night’s chilli con carne in a chilli frittata (tomorrow’s breakfast).  Plus there was an additional Unintentional Frittata, when my attempt at Nigel Slater’s bacon and pea fritters went horribly wrong and I decided to try and rescue the ingredients rather than just dumping them.

(I think I need to buy some more eggs).


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Chilli Con Carne Burgers


Had an attack of Sod This For A Game of Larks! Tuesday night, so rather than wrestling with the contents of the fridge, went and bought Quorn mince, a tin of kidney beans and a jar of ready-prepared chilli con carne sauce. Bung it all in the wok, faff about a bit with extra chilli powder and tomato puree, and the result is a bowl of spicy chilli heaven, with minimum work. A bit of bread to dip in it? A glass of dry white wine?

Sod the hair products, this is Because I’m Worth It.

Was a little more frugal tonight, and stretched out the remaining chilli with some wholemeal breadcrumbs and an egg, creating enough burgers for a light supper and also a lunchbox for Friday.


(You may note in the picture above the jar of Sussex Valley Garlic Mayonnaise – I am not sponsored by them, but would like to be. My sister bought me this jar to stop me raiding her stash).

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Chocolate chilli


There may be a flurry of posts today (all hands brace for impact!), as I’m having a bit of a cook-a-thon. After that it might be radio silence for a bit, as the information from doctors is that my mother’s cancer has reoccurred and now spread to her liver, and as such my focus may be elsewhere.

In the meantime I would like to introduce you to some new members of the family; joining Spike the Lucky Bamboo plant and Steve the basil plant, are these charming young Cayenne pepper seedlings. I found a box of seeds for 99p in the 99p Shop (naturally) and although the packet was a year out of date, and the peppers normally need to be planted between February and June, I like a challenge. So does the cayenne pepper plant it seems, and I now have four healthy seedlings that I transferred to their own pots yesterday.


I’d also like to introduce you to another Jack Monroe recipe, this time for bean chilli with dark chocolate, a smooth, tasty and somewhat luxurious take on yer bog-standard chilli con carne…


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Everything in its right place


Used up some of the left-over chilli from the other day in this recipe, plus some Quorn ham, instead of the prosciutto and chorizo. Original from here;  And it was rather fabulous.  The additional ingredients, plus letting it stand for a bit, meant that the chilli was much less sweet and more flavourful.  Also it took one meal’s worth of left-over chilli to two meals’ worth.  As the writer themself puts “What’s great about this dish is that you can throw in anything that is available in your pantry or fridge and whip it up for dinner in less than 15 minutes.”  As such, having another go, only this time swapping Cauldron Lincolnshire sausages and Quorn bacon in for the prosciutto and chorizo. Some of the button mushrooms need using up before they up and leave under their own power; chopped them up fine, and then the tomatoes/spices were replaced by some spicy tomato pasta sauce donated by my parents, as Mum is still a little shaky on foods that are too spicy or hot.  Shall report back on how it goes…..

UPDATE: it rocked.  This recipe is going straight into the “permanent favourites” list.