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Chapter One: Chocolate

March 15, 2011

As I said before big changes are afoot, this blog is now focusing on soothing the soul with food by focusing on specific ingredients or events to create simple and effective recipes that everyone can make, this will be intermittently interjected with a bit of light commentary on design and style (lets face it I’m no expert!). So to continue what soothes the soul more than Chocolate? The big C word may make some people quiver and shake; the thought of ingesting that many calories can be a menacing one. However life is about moderation, don’t eat the entire contents of your chocolate box and you won’t feel so bad (and it will last longer so everyone is a winner!) In short what I am trying to say is that the first chapter of this journey will be dedicated to everyone’s favourite frenemy; CHOCOLATE. Truffles, cookies, cakes, anything containing chocolate that takes my fancy will be tried and tested. Now to answer the question that has probably been plaguing you; Why on earth is this post headed up with a picture of (some sumptuous) Chilli? well because I made my chilli with chocolate!

What you will need:

1 large onion

1 clove of Garlic

1 red pepper

400g of Beef Mince

2 Tblsp of Tomatoe puree

400g of Canned Tomatoes

400g of kidney beans

1 Beef stock cube

Fresh Chillies (to taste; the more you use the more spice you’ll have)

1 tsp of Paprika

1tsp of Ground Cumin

1-2 squares of 70% dark chocolate

To make the Chilli:

  1. Put your pan on a medium heat (make sure it big enough to hold all the chilli) Add the oil and leave it to heat up for a few minutes add the onions leave them to sweat off then add the garlic, peppers, cumin, chillies and paprika stir that for a further 5 mins.
  2. Add the mince and cook until brown.
  3. Whilst your mince is cooking add your stock cube to 300ml of nearly boiling water, add to the mince and the vegtables along with 400g of tinned tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and add the tomatoe puree.
  4. Simmer gently then turn down the heat and let it cook for 20-30 mins. Check the meat occasionally and if it looks like its drying out add a few tblsps of water. 10 mins before serving add the kidney beans and the chocolate, don’t make the same mistake I did first time round, I got a bit generous with the chocolate and it ended up tasting very bitter.

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