Feb 26, 2010

martha meets nigella chili con carne

thought chili might go well with all this snow. took out a few of my cookbooks, martha and nigella made the short cut

these two recipes caught my eye, then i went to check what i had in the pantry...

...and found these

had bought the meat specifically chili in mind, slow-cooking beef. i should mention that the names of all different cuts of meats are very confusing. the americans have different names for same kind of cuts than the brits do, or even canadians, and all cut the meat somewhat differently. so if i just say slow-cooking beef, are we ok?

started browning the modest amount of meat on high heat in some olive oil

chopped 2 white and 1 red onions quite roughly and gave the garlic gloves a good whack

added the onions and kept stirring until all the goody brown bits came off the bottom of pan

chopped 3 carrots and 4 stalks of celery

added those to pan, along with 500 gr of crushed tomatoes, 1 cup of beef stock, 1 tsp of chipotle paste

as i had these smoked sweet paprikas, diced one into the pan as well

in went these, too: 1 tbsp sweet paprika, ½ tsp hot paprika, 1 tsp celery salt, 1 tsp jeera and 1 tsp ground coriander

brought it to a good boil and turned down the heat to low for simmering for 45 mins, stirring occasionally

after 45 mins added 280 gr of cooked and rinsed black beans and simmered for another 45 mins. as a finishing touched added 1 tsbp of sugar. this will make my lucnhes to work over the weekend and there will be plenty for certain someone as well. i think i'll cook some brown rice to go with it

the liquid in this little bowl close to the heat of simmering pan is white vinegar. it was there to diminish / get rid of the odors from the pan, mainly the smell of cooking onions (not that i don't like their aroma, i just hate it when it sticks to my clothes and never leaves...) my belated grandmother told me this trick. not sure how efficent it is, but at least you smell something besides the cooking onions...

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