Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We'll see about that!


So, I made some chili. Had a hankerin' for chili.

My latest favorite way to have chili is to use pineapple in it. And cocoa. And chocolate.

I had this can of jackfruit in syrup waaaaay in the back of my pantry and I thought I'd substitute the jackfruit for the pineapple. Some vegans have used it in BBQ as a sort of meat substitute.

Well, it turned out okay, except sort of strangely stringy. I think the jackfruit is a fibrous fruit and the stringy (like cat-hair thin, not like in those pictures) aspect was a little off putting. The taste was great, though. But next time, I'll probably just use pineapple again. At least I got the spice ratios worked out for a tasty chili supper.

Plus, I had it with Grandma's Cornbread Made Vegan, so who can complain? I make it just like the recipe, except without the egg replacer. Bah, egg replacer. If you have a cast iron skillet, I highly recommend you make this cornbread right away!

Jackfruit Chili

1 20 oz can jackfruit in syrup (the sweet kind)
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 can diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T oil
1/4 C TVP
2 C water
1 ancho chile, deseeded
1 T chocolate chips
1 1/2 t cocoa
1 t cumin
1 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon

Saute your onion, then garlic. Add cumin, cinnamon, chile, chocolate chips, cocoa and salt.
Cut up the jackfruit into smaller pieces.
Add the beans, tomatoes, jackfruit, TVP and water amd mix well.
Bring to a boil, cover, lower heat and simmer until thick.

Here is a Crusty Potato Galette. I used some of the suggestions from the comments and made a few changes...

I shredded the potato. I rolled it up in 2 teatowels and squeezed out as much liquid as I could (that was fun!). I tossed, in a large Ziplock, all the potatoes and some oil. I sauteed a red onion with some garlic and the rosemary and tossed that in the bag as well, with the potatoes. I should have tossed in some salt and a little pepper. As it turns out, I salted and peppered every layer and ended up over salting and over peppering it up.

But it was still pretty good.

Those yellow beans were blanched and frozen from this summer. Gotta remember how good it is to crack those puppies up when it's January! So yummy! Served naked, (no, not me! the BEANS) they were deliciously sweet.

I must admit I am having an affair on "Infinite Jest". I justified it to myself (oh, isnt' that always the way!) because I did not want to lug that behemoth to the gym. So I started reading "The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and it's pretty fun so far. A complete stranger at the gym confessed she has started it 3 times and has yet to finish it! Well, we'll see about that!


VeganCraftastic said...

Yum, that chili sounds great!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Everyone's making Chili and Cornbread!!!
Yours looks darn good too. I've just recently found out that Cornmeal and Polenta are the same thing so if I can track down some Polenta (hopefully I can) then I'll be able to taste Cornbread AT LAST!!
It always looks and sounds soooo good.

Jeni Treehugger said...

On second thoughts - not being a fan of egg replacer myself - isn't egg replacer just baking powder anyway?? Which that recipe already uses enough of. Good to know yours came out alright.

Owen said...

I am definitely a fan of chocolate in the chili. I do that too! Yum. Now must try pineapple.

elizabeth said...

Thanks everyone, that chili was good (if stringy)!

Jeni- good luck with the cornmeal-tracking-down! Like I said, if youse have a skillet, make this cornbread! Yummmm...

I think egg replacer IS some combo of baking powder and other things... got a 'make your own' recipe somewheres abouts...

I love that Owen is commenting on my blog, Lisa!! Heehee! Now, is it HIM that likes the chocolate, or you?? I do love the spicy sweet taste the pineapple and ancho chile give it just enough heat...

For the Love of Guava said...

hmmm... that chili seems like a lot of action but intriguing... that potato gallette looks like it needs to be in my belly... that's the first i've ever heard of jackfruit... and YAY you're reading the Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay... hope you like it!