Chilli Con Carne

When thinking about a post for National Chili Day the first thing that came to mind was obviously chilli con carne.   After all, this is a day typically celebrated in the United States and dedicated to the appreciation of chilli as a hearty and spicy stew. However, whilst researching for the post I realised that there are so many more culinary delights to enjoy on this day. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. National Chili Day The best chilli dish can be subjective, but classic American chilli with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices is hugely popular. There are of course variations of this classic.  For example, Texas-style chilli often excludes beans and Cincinnati chilli is a unique variation served over spaghetti.  Other variations include vegetarian chilli, white chicken chilli, and even slow-cooked chilli with brisket. Chilli Worldwide In the US, the traditional chilli dish can vary in ingredients and spice levels, allowing for personal preferences and regional influences. Whether it’s served in a bowl, over fries, or atop a hot dog, chilli has diverse interpretations that make it a versatile and beloved dish.  But, how is chilli enjoyed in other countries around the world?  Here are some examples of some very varied chilli dishes. These examples highlight the global diversity of chilli-infused dishes, showcasing how various cultures incorporate spice into their culinary traditions. Each country brings its unique twist, making chilli a versatile and cherished element in global cuisine. Mexican Chile con Carne This is the original chilli dish on which US versions are based.  Chile con Carne features a rich blend of various chilies, meats (commonly beef), and spices. It can be enjoyed on its own or served with tortillas. Indian Chilli Chicken A popular Indo-Chinese fusion dish, Chilli Chicken consists of crispy chicken pieces tossed in a spicy and flavorful sauce made with chilli, garlic, and soy sauce. Korean Kimchi Jjigae A spicy and tangy stew made with fermented kimchi, tofu, vegetables, and often pork or beef. It’s a staple in Korean cuisine, especially during cold seasons. Turkish Karnabahar Kızartması Translated as “Fried Cauliflower,” this Turkish dish features cauliflower fried and coated in a spicy tomato-based sauce, showcasing Turkey’s love for bold flavours. Ethiopian Doro Wat A spicy chicken stew that’s a cornerstone of Ethiopian cuisine. It incorporates berbere spice, made from chilli peppers and various spices, resulting in a bold and flavorful dish. Caribbean Jerk Chicken Originating in Jamaica, Jerk Chicken involves marinating chicken in a spicy blend of Scotch bonnet peppers, allspice, and other herbs. It’s often grilled for a smoky flavour. Hungarian Goulash A hearty stew featuring meat, typically beef or pork, and vegetables. It includes the Hungarian spice, paprika, which can add a mild heat to the dish Spanish Patatas Bravas Patatas bravas typically consist of crispy, fried potatoes served with a spicy tomato-based sauce, known as bravas sauce. The potatoes are usually cut into bite-sized chunks and fried until golden and crunchy. The key component to this dish is of course the bravas sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, paprika, and sometimes a hint of chilli for an extra punch. Patatas bravas can trace their roots to Madrid, where they first emerged in the early 20th century. This tantalising tapa dish quickly gained popularity in bars and restaurants across the country, becoming a staple in Spanish cuisine.  And while the fundamental elements remain consistent, different regions in Spain put their unique spin on patatas bravas. For instance, in Catalonia, you might find a variation known as “patatas a la brava,” where the potatoes are topped with aioli or a garlic mayonnaise, adding a creamy contrast to the spicy sauce. Portuguese Piri Piri Chicken Grilled chicken marinated in a spicy Piri Piri sauce, which includes chilli peppers, garlic, and citrus. This dish reflects Portugal’s influence from its former colonies in Africa. With Portugal being a five hour drive from our hometown of Gibraltar, we are regular visitors to Portugal.  Of course, Piri Piri chicken is one of our absolute favourite things to enjoy whilst in Portugal.  You can read more about our favourite Piri Piri restaurant here Italian Arrabbiata Sauce A pasta sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, and red chilli peppers. “Arrabbiata” translates to “angry” in Italian, reflecting the spiciness of the dish. Chilli Con Carne After researching for this post I am really craving patatas bravas . But, as tempted as I am to go in an entirely different direction with this post, I will stick to the traditional reasons for celebrating National Chili Day.  So, Chilli Con Carne it is.  This also allowed for a trip down memory lane as it was one of the first dishes which our eldest cooked for us.  During lock down, the Scouts encouraged its members to take part in various activities which they could safely do at home.  One of these was working towards their cooking badge.  The meal which was chosen for this challenge was a delicious chilli con carne from BBC Food. This chilli is so easy to make but it does not compromise on taste.  So, if you are trying to teach your young adults how to cook for themselves we would recommend giving this recipe a go. Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Peanut Butter Day

Since starting the blog I am truly discovering that there truly is a day to celebrate absolutely everything!  Today, for all our American followers, its national Peanut Butter Day!   A day to celebrate the creamy and crunchy delight that has found its way into households around the world. In this post we will discover the benefits of peanut butter and I will also share a recipe which I recently discovered on Tik Tok.  This recipe has  become a firm family favourite.  And no, it’s not another sweet treat as much as I love those! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Some of the links on this post are affiliate links. This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. History References to peanut butter can be traced back even as far back as the Aztec and Inca civilizations who ground ro asted peanuts into a paste. However, the earliest references to modern peanut butters date back to around 1884 when the first patent was granted to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Quebec, Canada. The first peanut butter in a snack form was produced and sold ten years later by another business man named George Bayle from St. Louis. Top Consumers According to a post by World Population Review China, is the country that consumes the most peanut butter consuming over twice the amount per annum as the second-place country, India.   Not surprisingly, the United States ranks third in the list of top consumers, eating their way through 152 metric tons (MT) per annum.  However the entire European Union had a very low collective consumption of just 15 MT in 2023! Nutritional Benefits Peanut butter is not just a tasty spread – it is a powerhouse of nutrients offering the following nutritional benefits: Protein Rich Chicken Peanut Chilli Noodles A few months back I started a healthy eating and exercise plan which involved eating a fair amount of protein.  I honestly had no idea on how to incorporate the amounts of protein I need whilst maintaining a calorie deficit. So, I started searc hing for ideas on Tik Tok.  That’s when I came across this absolutely delicious recipe for chilli peanut noodles by @zachchug. Popular Peanut Butter Snacks I know I said that in this post I would be sharing one savoury recipe but it wouldn’t be me without some additional sweet treat ideas right? Peanut butter’s versatility shines in a plethora of snacks. From classic PB&J sandwiches to energy-packed protein bars, and even smoothie bowls – there’s no shortage of creative ways to enjoy this beloved spread. Classic PB&J Sandwich Opt for whole grain or multigrain bread to boost fibre content. Smoothie Peel 1 ripe banana and break it into smaller chunks. Add the banana to a blender together with half a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a cup each of Greek yogurt, milk, and ice cubes. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add more milk to reach your desired consistency. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add honey or maple syrup to taste. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Spread peanut butter on apple slices for a satisfying combination of crunch and creaminess.  This is a perfect and healthy afterschool snack.  Another alternative (although in my opinion not as nice as apple slices) is celery sticks. Oatmeal Stir peanut butter into your morning oatmeal for added protein and flavour. Energy Bites Make no-bake energy bites with oats, honey, and chia seeds for a nutritious and portable snack. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip Mix peanut butter with Greek yogurt for a protein-rich dip for fruit slices. Protein Pancakes Incorporate peanut butter into pancake batter for a delicious and protein-packed breakfast. Trail Mix Combine peanuts butter, almonds, dried fruits, and a touch of dark chocolate for a satisfying trail mix. Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes Spread peanut butter on whole grain rice cakes and top with dark chocolate chips. Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Dip fresh strawberries in a mixture of melted dark chocolate and peanut butter. Happy Peanut Butter Day So, whether you’re enjoying this delicious noodle meal,  spreading it on toast or enjoying one of other delicious snacks mentioned here, take a moment to savour the goodness of peanut butter on this special day! Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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