Jamie Oliver’s Chilli Con Carne

Mexican food is another family favorite. We’ve done tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas and Enchiladas, but I never really tried cooking Chilli Con Carne from scratch. So here goes my version of Jamie Oliver’s.

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Jamie Oliver’s Chilli Con Carne


  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 red peppers
  • olive oil
  • 1 heaped teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas
  • 400 g tinned red kidney beans
  • 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 500 g quality minced beef
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 400 g basmati rice
  • 500 g natural yoghurt
  • 230 g guacamole
  • 1 lime


  1. Peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots and celery – don't worry about the technique, just chop away until fine. Halve the red peppers, remove the stalks and seeds and roughly chop. Place your largest casserole-type pan on a medium high heat. Add 2 lugs of olive oil and all your chopped vegetables. Add the chilli powder, cumin and cinnamon with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Stir every 30 seconds for around 7 minutes until softened and lightly coloured.
  2. Add the drained chickpeas, drained kidney beans and the tinned tomatoes. Add the minced beef, breaking any larger chunks up with a wooden spoon. Fill one of the empty tomato tins with water and pour this into the pan. Pick the coriander leaves and place them in the fridge. Finely chop the washed stalks and stir in. Add the balsamic vinegar and season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a simmer with a lid slightly askew for about an hour, stirring every now and again to stop it catching
  3. This is fantastic served with fluffy rice. Just divide the rice and chilli into big bowls or serve in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves. If you don't fancy rice it's equally good with a nice hunk of fresh crusty bread, over a jacket potato or with couscous. Put a small bowl of natural yoghurt, some guacamole and a few wedges of lime on the table, and sprinkle the chilli with the coriander leaves. I love to add a nice green salad to round it off.

I didn’t have canned chickpeas at that time, so I eliminated it, but it turned out sooo good that the big pot I made didn’t last long. The kids even used some of it to top their favorite tortilla chips.

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Music and Cooking

Do you listen to music when you cook? I do. Music inspires me and I even sing or hum the song while cooking. I don’t really have a favorite song to play when I’m in the kitchen, I just listen to whatever is playing in my son’s room [it's loud enough to reach the kitchen] using his newly bought fryette amp. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to do so. It’ll relax you and before you know it, you’ve whipped up a yummy meal for the family.

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Cooking Tip #71


Does the long cooking time leaves your grilled brisket dry? Here’s what you should do the next time you do a cookout. Fill a disposable aluminum pan with water and place it on the grill a few inches from the meat. When the grill lid is closed, the water will create a steam and infuse the meat with moisture.

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The Secret to a Juicier Watermelon


Want to know the secret to a juicier watermelon? Before slicing it, I put a room temperature watermelon inside the fridge first for at least 3 minutes. That’s enough time for me to check a famous online guitar store for my son’s acoustic guitar. The quick chill causes the melon’s cells to constrict, so the sweet juice stays in the slices instead of running out onto the cutting board.

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Review: Vienna Blend Whole Bean Coffee by Rigsby & Jones

Today’s review is about Vienna Blend whole bean coffee by Rigsby & Jones.

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Product Description

A blend of ethically sourced 100% Arabica beans from Guatemala and Columbia. Roasted in small batches by experts in the USA who care about quality and taste. A medium/dark roast with a rich, complex taste that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Supplied only as a whole bean for grinding at home to ensure maximum freshness when brewing.

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My Thoughts

First off, the coffee beans have a wonderful aroma. More so when it was ground and brewed. I like my coffee with cream and sugar because I don’t like the bitter and sour taste of black coffee. But then, I had to have this black, so I can give a better review.

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The taste is absolutely delicious. It’s smooth and rich and there is no bitterness in it. It’s so good, I had a second cup! Of course, when I added a little cream and sugar, it was even more delicious.

The coffee is so fresh and the aroma is just heavenly. The whole house smelled like a coffee shop. I guess it has to do with the fact that Vienna Blend beans are roasted in small batches. The beans are roasted fresh and quickly sealed, so it’s still fresh when you open it at home.

For some, it may be a tad pricey, but if you’re after the freshness, richness and taste; it’s definitely worth it.


Overall, my family and I had a wonderful experience with this coffee. If you’re looking for a rich blend sans the bitter and sour taste, you should try this medium roast blend. From the moment you unseal it, French press or try it in the drip, up o the very last drop; you won’t be disappointed.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Vienna Blend 100% Arabica whole bean medium dark roast gourmet coffee on Amazon.

If you want to know more about this delicious coffee and their other flavors, you may visit Rigsby & Jones. You may also follow them on Twitter for updates.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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YouTube’s Famous Chefs


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Like these famous chefs, you too can create your very own cooking show. Simply follow the tips given above and you’re good to go. Who knows? You could be the next big celebrity chef.

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Chic and Stunning Tidebuy Sweet 16 Dresses

Are you looking for a sweet dress for your sweet 16 girl? I found some Tidebuy cheap sweet sixteen dresses that might be of interest to you. Although I don’t have a teen daughter anymore, I like checking out sweet 16 dresses for my two nieces. The two girls are turning sixteen early next year and we’re planning a big party for them. Here are some of my finds.

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1] Cute A-Line Mini Sweetheart Embroidery Lace-up Sandra’s Homecoming/Sweet 16 Dress. Organza was used to make this pretty dress and it comes in different colors. The sizes available are from 2 to 26W. You can even have it custom-sized to fit your sweet girl perfectly. I just love the flower embroidery and the A-line skirt. This dress is definitely sweet!

2] Bright A-Line Spaghetti Straps Mini/Short Bowknot Sasha’s Prom/Homecoming Dress. Just like the first one, all sizes are available for this dress and it also comes in different colors. What makes this dress stand out is the Empire cut waist and the elegant bow that highlights the high waist.

3] Pretty Ball Gown Sweetheart Beading Lace-up Short-Length Sweet 16/Homecoming Dress. If you’re looking for something more princess-like for your girl, this is the perfect dress. The pretty ruffles and the glimmering beads will make her stand out. It’s chic, stunning and oh so sweet!

The good thing about Tidebuy is they have a variety of designs and they are reasonably priced.

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