Not that I would consider IB, She and myself precious or delicate in any way, but I was slightly shocked at the speed with which we inhaled the quick post-beer chilli we knocked up this evening.
Leaving the pub at a very respectable 8.45pm I was determined to get something quick on the table by half nine, though we hadn't actually made any plans for dinner. She has a new boyfriend, who has so far evaded my cookery. He narrowly avoided capture this evening - I'm not sure he understands the significance of food in our household but I'm sure that She will communicate that offers of dinner are a Good Sign.
The below chilli is neither sophisticated, an amazing culinary delight, or even traditional. What it is is easy. From fridge to plate in 30 minutes flat, and you cannot say fairer than that after one and a half pints.
500g lean beef mince
medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
tin chopped tomatoes
tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
tsp ground cumin
tsp medium chilli powder (more to taste)
tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp tomato puree
Soften the onion in a little oil until translucent - adding a pinch of salt will stop it catching
Add the garlic and mince to the pan and brown gently
Add oregano, spices, crumbled oxo cube and tomato puree and stir in for a couple of mins
Add the tomatoes and kidney beans
Simmer for 15-20 minutes
30 minutes in the making - including chopping. Our plates were clean in 11 minutes. We didn't eat all of it, I hasten to add. This would probably do for five of you.