Pressure Cooker Chilli Con Carne
2 cups (400 g) dried red kidney beans (or 1 can of kidney beans)
3 small brown onions
1 dried bay leaf
1.5 litres (6 cups) water
150 g (4 1/2 ounces) speck, chopped finely
1 cured chorizo sausage (170 g) chopped finely
400 g (12 1/2 ounces) minced ground beef
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
2 cups (560 g) bottled tomato pasta sauce or homemade tomato sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup (120 g) sour cream
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
- Place beans in a large bowl, cover with cold water and soak overnight. Rinse under cold water and drain.
- Combine beans, one of the onions, bay leaf and the water in a 6 litre (24 cup) pressure cooker and secure the lid. Bring cooker to high pressure. Reduce heat to stabilise pressure and cook for 15 minutes. Release pressure using the quick release method according to your pressure cooker, and remove the lid. Drain the beans reserving 1 1/2 cups (375 mls) cooking liquid ; discard onion and bay leaf.
- Finely chop remaining onions. Cook speck and chorizo in cooker pot until browned. Add onion, cook stirring until onion softens. Add beef; cook stirring until browned. Add garlic and spices; cook stirring until fragrant. Return beans to cooker with sauce, oregano and reserved cooking liquid. Season to taste.
- Bring cooker to high pressure. Reduce heat to stabilise pressure,cook 8 minutes. Release pressure using the quick release method, and remove the lid. Stand for 5 minutes.
- Serve chilli con carne with sour cream and sprinkled with coriander.
Chilli Con Carne
Cooking the Chilli Con Carne in a frypan on the stovetop is very similar to cooking it in the pressure cooker, but without the pressure, and it takes a bit longer. I cooked the dried kidney beans in the pressure cooker, or you could just use 1 can of kidney beans instead. Much easier.
Finely chop remaining onions. Cook speck and chorizo in frypan until browned. Add onion, cook stirring until onion softens. Add beef, cook stirring until browned. Add garlic and spices; cook stirring until fragrant. Add beans to frypan with sauce, oregano and reserved cooking liquid. Season to taste.
I quickly made a delicious fresh salad to go with it. You can find my recipe for this salad here. Every time I make it, it is slightly different depending on what I have on hand, but it is always colourful and delicious. Mangoes aren't in season so there are no mangoes in this one below.
This vintage cake tin belonged to my mum and now proudly sits in my kitchen. It has been so useful to store cakes, bread and whatever else I might need to store away.
It has been difficult until the last week or so to buy rye flour which I use for bread making so I have been buying it in bulk when I find it. This flour tin, also vintage, was resurrected from the cupboard and is now being put to good use to store rye flour. All of these items can still be found when rummaging though antique stores in country towns and cities.
Last week Mr.. HRK and I watched an amazing show on Australian ABC television, called Australia's Ocean Odyssey: a journey down the East Australian Current. There were three parts to the series, and lots of beautiful images from the show are available on Youtube. The photography was exceptional. The last episode featured lovely Lord Howe Island and the fatal impact that plastic in the oceans is having on the native bird life on the island. To see juvenile birds dying because their little stomachs are full of bits of plastic, not just plastic bags, which the adult birds feed them thinking it is food, was very disturbing and really hit home the message for humans to stop discarding waste plastic which ends up in our oceans in all shapes and sizes. Lord Howe island is an incredibly environmentally aware and sustainable island which hosts many native animals and bird species that will become extinct if plastic pollution in our oceans continues the way it is going.
Honey, Yoghurt, and Chocolate CakeOn a sweeter note though, we were very fortunate to visit Lord Howe Island three years ago for their annual Food and Wine Week, at Pinetrees Lodge. It was an important wedding anniversary for us. Afternoon tea was served each day at the Lodge and we always made sure we were there in time for that occasion. Last Tuesday I made a Honey, Yoghurt and Chocolate Cake which was one of the cakes Pinetrees served us for afternoon tea. The first time I baked this, I used Tasmanian Leatherwood honey which was too strong for this cake. For the Mahjong cake, I used honey from our backyard beehive and the cake was absolutely delicious. Here is the link to the recipe and a photo. The cake can be served with ice cream or yoghurt for dessert, but for afternoon tea I dusted it with icing sugar and decorated it with Nasturtium flower petals.
I also love this cookbook we were given as part of the package for attending Pinetrees Lodge Food and Wine Week.
I baked some chocolate Afghan biscuits over the weekend, which were delicious. Have you heard of them? My friend Chris baked them to have with coffee instead of Anzac biscuits back in April and I hadn't heard of them. It's a New Zealand recipe. I've been meaning to make them ever since. I'll put that recipe up soon.
I cooked Syrup Ginger Cake for Friday Night dessert, laced with slices of homemade Tropical Stem Ginger, and flavoured with beautiful warming spices including our homemade dried ginger. I didn't ice it this time but drizzled fresh ginger syrup all over the surface. It's always delicious and perfect for a chilly night. Leftovers were very nice to enjoy over the weekend.
Today, it's simple cooking my friends, and my classic zucchini and bacon slice using our home grown zucchinis is about to go in the oven. Its a cinch to make and a real classic.
It's also been bread making day, so a couple of sourdough rye loaves were proofing in their tins this morning and we had freshly cooked bread by lunchtime.
|Fresh out of the oven|
Thanks for dropping by and please have an enjoyable weekend.,