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sunday lunch – chili con carne and corn muffins

In good home eating, recipes on October 6, 2009 at 6:31 pm

cooked sunday lunch again – partly because i had the ingredients ready pre-flood and partly because it was therapeutic. the main dish was chili con carne

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very simple to do. for half a kilo of ground beef, brown a head of garlic and one onion. add to that around 3 tbsp of cumin powder, 1 tbsp of chili powder and however many sili labuyo it takes to make you happy. once you can smell all those nice spices, put in the beef and brown that too. add about 2 cups of tomato sauce, salt and pepper then let simmer. as it’s simmering, taste and adjust seasoning as necessary. if possible, if you want to moisturize your beef, don’t use plain water – use beef stock instead. oh, and don’t forget to season your beef before adding it. once it’s all nice and thick, it’s ready to eat.

my main side dish with this was rice and vegetables done in a mexican sort of way.

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i heat up some oil then put in uncooked rice. once that got nice and warm i poured in a mixture of blended tomatoes, bell pepper, onion and garlic. once it was nice and covered, i added carrots and zucchini, covered the whole mixture with chicken stock then let the rice cook.

we also had corn muffins which i did following the first recipe i saw on google. it was ok, but didn’t rise – maybe because i didn’t have enough flour and so put in more cornmeal to make up for it. made the final product rather dense, but yummy. whatever corn muffin recipe you use, make sure you put in fresh corn – makes it that much better.

so after making that meal, i understand better why chili is so big as an american one-pot wonder. will certainly be making more of that

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