Well slap me in the face and tickle my toes, last night, I created the best Chili I have ever shoved in my gob. Full of flavor, tastes even better than I remembered it, and it is so good I am actually having it for my breakfast while I am typing this… it’s omni hubby approved too!
Proof! Would I lie to you?
I have been racking my brains to try and come up with a Boxing Day option for my lovely Vegan family members, and I’m pretty sure this will be one of the delights I will provide them with. Lots of wallybangers believe that Vegans miss out on all the food that Omnivores love. Pah! This is identical to the Chili’s I have had before, from flavor to texture and moreishness! Get it made and get it down your neck!
100g TVP Mince (keep it dry)
1 White Onion
1TBSP Chilli Powder
2 Cloves of Garlic
1TBSP Tomato Puree
1/2 ltr Veg Stock
1 TBSP Liquid Smoke
1 1/2 tins Chopped Tomatoes
1 tin Kidney Beans
Salt + Pepper
First up, get a pot and sweat your onions down in some Olive oil until they are nice and soft. Invite your Spices, Garlic and Tomato Puree to the party and get dancing! Let ’em meet and greet for a minute, but keep ’em dancing so they don’t burn. If they sit on the side of the dance floor and refuse to join in, shout some James Brown at them. ‘Get up offa that thing, and dance till you feel better!’ a little encouragement goes a long way, your party is jumping and you now have that song stuck in your head. You’re welcome.
Half of your Veg Stock has arrived, her other half will be joining the party when he’s finished work. Tip half of it in and add your Chopped Tomatoes, Liquid Smoke and Dry Mince. Welcome them to your home, take their coats and usher your best mate into the coat cupboard with you. Make sure you whisper… ‘Can you believe not one of these guys have even brought along a bottle of wine?!’ – ‘I was thinking the same thing! They will all be complaining when it runs out!’ – ‘I know right!’ – ‘We better get out there so they don’t think we are doing something weird.’ – ‘Oh yeah, good point.’
Rejoin the gang and mix it up properly, let it cook off for 5 minutes and then go and answer the door. Veg Stock’s husband has arrived! In his work clothes… but still, he made an effort to turn up and has even brought some snacks! Kidney Beans! Finally someone thoughtful! Chuck ’em both in and give it a good spin around because Dead or Alive is playing now and everyone is getting into it. ‘You spin me right round baby right round, like a record baby, right round round round.’ At least you got James brown out of your head.
Now you can enjoy the atmosphere, for 10 minutes at least. Circulate with your conversation spoon to keep things mixing now and then and avoid it burning out, but sit back and let things simmer away nicely too. Awesome hosting!
Ok, it’s late, everyone is drunk (some a little more than others… cough*KateCoop*cough) but it’s time to turn off the heat and serve with some lovely fluffy rice and a big dollop of Oatly Creme Fraiche. Leave the clearing up for tomorrow. Your way too tired for that crap.
Your party was awesome, and you deserve a treat. So, get your feet up and eat it.