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Monday, March 27, 2006

the table is set, the oven is hot

I made an outstanding Chilli Beef Soup yesterday.... so outstanding I'm going to share the recipe with you lot.

You will need:

250g minced beef (I mince a steak - leaner and tastier)
A large onion, roughly chopped
A red pepper, roughly diced
A dash of olive oil
A chopped red chilli (seeds included)
A heaped teaspoon of ground cumin
A heaped teaspoon of paprika
2 cloves of garlic - chopped finely / crushed
A pinch of cayenne pepper
A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
750ml of chicken stock
3 tablespoons of tomato puree
A tin of chopped tomatoes
3 bay leaves
A tin of kidney beans
The juice of a lime

Here's what you do:

1. fry off the mince, onion, red pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic & cayenne pepper in the olive oil for about 15 mins

2. Blend the tomatoes with half of the tin of kidney beans

3. Add balsamic vinegar to the mince mix and cook for another minute

4. Add the chicken stock, the tomato / kidney bean mix, the tomato puree and the bay leaves and simmer for 45 minutes

5. Finish off with the rest of the kidney beans and the juice of the lime. Fish out the bay leaves and serve with soft tortillas and soured cream

I found this recipe on the side of my sandwich packet at Pret A Manger a few months ago, and ripped it out for future reference. It's lived on the fridge door ever since, but yesterday I finally got around to cooking it. You know what? It's delicious - the lime juice really lifts it up and makes the whole thing mmmmmmmmm lip-smacking good!

Worth a try, I reckon.

Just call me Delia from now on.

bork! bork! bork!


  • At 9:05 pm, Blogger Ali said…

    Sorry Delia, I'm a vegetarian, but I can imagine the flavour and I'm sure it's spectacular. :)

  • At 9:17 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    Oh sorry - I should have said: if you're vegetarian, you will need to remove the beef and the chicken stock. The rest is probably okay though....


  • At 10:38 pm, Blogger Flash said…

    Um, Delia?


  • At 12:16 am, Blogger Jenni said…

    sounds delicious. someday when I have more than $22 to my name, I'll have to give that a whirl.

  • At 12:43 am, Blogger adem said…

    I Love Food!!!!

    I'll have to try that one.

    Sometimes I have a wander over to the BBC website and check out the hundreds of recipes they have on there and have a play around.

  • At 2:07 am, Blogger Alecya G said…


    That sounds really good, I might actually give that a try.

  • At 2:20 am, Blogger Rikki said…

    Hmmm if i take out all references to chili, will it still taste good? I have the girl-palate.

  • At 7:11 am, Blogger Stef said…

    Sounds good, I hope you saved me some! :-)

  • At 8:22 am, Blogger LB said…

    come and get some, in Swiss Toni's kitchen, baby.


  • At 6:36 pm, Blogger -L said…

    All right! I love a good recipe. Thanks, ST, you rock.

    Glad to hear about a man where he belongs...in the kitchen. ;)


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