Chilli! Books! Autumn leaves!

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A very simple and very good (and rather vague) recipe. Fry off some finely chopped onion and garlic and add a selection of roughly chopped – chunky – vegetables. We used: courgettes; red, green and yellow peppers and celery.  Mushrooms would be great too. Add chilli of choice, either finely chopped fresh chillis, dried chilli or a chilli powder mix, or maybe a mixture of these. Stir well.

Bung in a box of passata or chopped tomatoes and add a little water to the mix. Bring to boil and turn down to simmer. Once veg is tender add a tin or two of cooked red kidney beans and salt to taste. Nice served with rice, a baked potato or quinoa or, if you’re feeling a bit trashy, chips. Cucumber is a good cooling accompaniment. Other optional additions: a teaspoon of sugar stirred into the sauce really brings out the flavours in a different, sweet, way; a few squares of dark chocolate melted through it turn the dish into a darker, richer mole.

Don’t eat  when you’ve been talked into watching a scary fast moving zombie film that will make you consume the hot chilli far too fast and overheat in a bad way.

Unconnected, book related advice: reading Very British Problems: Making Life Awkward for Ourselves, One Rainy Day at a Time will stave off the depression caused by reading certain parts of the new Bridget Jones book.

And, books again: now is the time to get a copy of Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Christmas for 1 pence or 1 cent. The price will inflate hugely through November and December and it’s a lovely collection of recipes. See our review here or visit Amazon in the UK or Amazon in the USA.

And finally, the wonderful online health food shop Goodness Direct, such a life saver for rural dwelling vegans, have a voucher code for £10 off orders of £35 or more. Delivery is free over £35. Use code 32234PLY at the checkout.

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3 thoughts on “Chilli! Books! Autumn leaves!”

  1. We’re chilli lovers in this house, too. I add molasses to the mix, which is nice. Sometimes I wrap chilli in puff pastry and some other times we have it in wraps.

    Chuckling (rather cruelly – sorry!) at the thought of you inhaling chilli while watching a zombie movie. The colour of the food can’t have helped, either!!!

  2. Mmm, your recipe sounds wonderful. I enjoy cooking vegan recipes from time to time, as it makes me feel so healthy. Love your last picture, what a unique angle capturing the forest floor!

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