Friday, October 26, 2007


About that chili... There was actually a recipe for "Mexican Chili" on the back of the label on the mince (ground) beef. We'll overlook the fact that chili is in no way Mexican for the moment. The ingredients listed were pretty normal: mince beef, chili powder, cumin, onion, garlic, kidney beans, tomato, even chocolate (I guess that makes it Mexican). It was the proportions that were a bit off.
  • Irish Mexican chili
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • Bill's chili
    • 1/4 cup chili powder (24 times as much)
    • 1 tbsp cumin (6 times as much)
1/2 tsp isn't even worth fooling with. Might as well just call it beef and bean soup.

Anyway, my chili turned out pretty darn good. It could've used some lime juice and cilantro, not to mention corn muffins alongside, but not bad for a first attempt in Ireland.


Lisa said...

Too funny! What about chiles? Are there jalapenos to be found in Ireland?

BillG said...

There are canned jalapenos, but I haven't seen fresh ones. Generic chillies can be found in the supermarkets, but I don't know what they are. I am not very optimistic about finding Mexican chiles.

mom Gunter said...

YOUR chili sounds good son. What are white pudding and rashes? I love you

BillG said...

Thanks, Mom. White pudding is a kind of pork sausage made with oats. Black pudding is similar, but with the addition of blood. A rasher is a strip of bacon. Irish bacon is different from ours (which is called streaky bacon) in that it's a lot leaner.