Today’s my first day winging it, on my own, on maternity leave. In the words of slip knot……KICK UP THE PAIN! Do you ever have that internal dialogue of random songs that exemplify everything going on on the inside? No? Just me then.
Ok so the George Best quote is a tad dramatic as is the slip knot reference but your getting where I’m at right? Mr Dunn’s reluctantly gone back to work today and so I find myself completely out numbered on a 3:1 ratio and ever so slightly terrified that my 2 week old might do something radical and I won’t know what to do. My plan for the day? Copious amounts of this bad boy. Oh and a spot of blogging of course!
Whilst on my blogging journey I’ve been fully educated in the wide variety of social media available. My new favourite has to be pinterest. This amazing resource has caused me to literally loose hours in what feels like a blink of an eye, 314 garden hacks later and I realised I should probably think about feeding Nieve and doing some actual house work.
During one particular eye blink session of pinterest, during my search for the perfect vegetable patch, I came across a recipe posted by pinkwhen claiming to be “the best chilli recipe” and was immediately sucked in. After careful review I realised it was an American chilli recipe, which I’ve found can be tricky with measurements and ingredients. With this in mind I’ve decided to put my own spin on this chilli and use the original “best chilli ever recipe” for inspiration. Photo credits also go to pinkwhen, whilst my chilli looked like this my photos did not!
500g beef mince £1.75
4 table spoons tomato puree £0.35 per tube
1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes £0.45
1 carton or jar of passata £0.45
1 beef stock cube £0.99 per packet of oxo cubes
1 diced red pepper £1.39 per pack of 3
1 diced green pepper as above
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped £1.50 per pack of 3 garlic bulbs
1 diced large onion £0.75 per pack of 4 onions
1 diced red onion £0.99 per bag of 8 small red onions
olive oil £2.00 per bottle
1 400g tin of kidney beans £0.55
2 tea spoons ground cumin
2 tea spoons chilli powder
2 tea spoons paprika
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a pan and fry onions and garlic together
When onions have taken on some colour and are starting to soften add mince beef. Don’t be afraid to let the beef sit still in the pan and take on some dark colouring. This will also leave what appears to be “burn” marks in the bottom of the pan THIS IS A GOOD THING. These marks will lift from the pan with the addition of liquid and will give additional flavour to your dish.
when beef is dark in colour add tomato puree and spices and mix thoroughly
now add peppers, tinned tomatoes and passata (if you can’t find passata you can use an extra tin of tomatoes but try and get the ones with herbs or garlic mixed in for additional flavour.
add kidney beans, cover with a lid and cook until peppers have softened.