I hope you all had as glorious a weekend as I did.
I cooked lots, made yummy treats, ate lots and had a wonderful time with friends; what more could be better?
I hosted a chili night at our place on Saturday and it was quite a success. When living in a foreign country the comforts of home, food playing a major part, are extra special. If you have ever lived abroad I am sure that you know exactly what I mean. As a person who gets great joy from cooking for other people, I was ecstatic that I could provide a warm and comforting bowl of chili for my friends. They loved every bite! I love giving the gift of food, it’s so satisfying to see people’s tummy’s so happy.
I cooked up two pots of chili. One extra large meat lovers pot and one veggie delight. I used the same recipe for both, but subbed in tofu for the veggie pot. Cooking the chili two days in advance proved to be an excellent idea. It gave lots of time for all those flavors to mingle around.
I used a new recipe this time around (I know, never try a new recipe when you are entertaining, what was I thinking?!) and it provided a rich deep flavored chili. The secret ingredient you may ask? A really nice dark brown beer. I would never consider myself a beer drinker, but the flavor it provides to a pot of chili is extraordinary.
Here are all my ingredients, minus a few veggies.
I took these ingredients and magically turned them into this…
One meaty pot of goodness…for my hubbie and all my meat lover friends.
And one pot filled with tons of veggies, beans and tofu!
And I wouldn’t be a good host if I didn’t include dessert.
I whipped up two super easy mouth watering chocolate treats.
One: Cara’s Peanut Butter Cups
Look at those beauties!
Two: Coconut crusted chocolate fudge balls
These little chocolate calls have dried cranberries, raisin, cashews and walnuts inside. A special treat when you take your first bite. They honestly melt right in your mouth, need I say more?
Well that’s about all she wrote. I actually took no shots of the actual party, I did happen, trust me 😉 I was to preoccupied being a good hostess and catering to my guests, or at least that’s the excuse I will make for being a bad food blogger. Another successful cooking/eating adventure down.
Adrian and I have now eaten 3 dinners worth of chili in a row and still have some left over 🙂
Anyone have ideas of what to can make with chili leftovers? Suggestions would be appreciated. One cannot waste the goodness of chili, we will just keeping reusing it in different ways. So send along your ideas.
Have a super start to the new week.
Take good care,