Hi! There were a few things to smile about this week, but I am going to use a strange one – chili. OK, those of you who have been reading my blog for a while may have seen this one before.
First, for those who didn’t see the earlier post on it, I belong to a CSA. That is “Community Supported Agriculture”. What that means is that I buy a share in a local (organic) farm in the winter. The farmer uses all of the seed money from the members who buy shares to support themselves as they get the fields ready, etc. During the summer I receive a basket of local produce every week. After giving share holders the choice of that week’s crops, the farmer sells the rest at local farm markets, etc. It is a great way to support local agriculture.
The last few baskets have had a lot garlic, onions, peppers (including several hot varieties) (a lot of peppers this year!), onions and tomatoes.
All that is needed is to soak some dried beans and…
I chopped up and stewed quite a few tomatoes as the beans soaked. I then sauteed garlic, onions and hot peppers and added it to my stewing tomatoes. Then came all types of spices. Finally the beans. i did add a little tomato sauce and a smaller amount of salsa. Plus Tabasco sauce. Yum. As this cooked I added other fresh ingredients.
The next day, as it was still slow cooking, I was talking to a neighbor. Another friend rode by on an electric bike and stopped to talk. We soon got to cooking project and I mentioned the chili. The first friend asked about coriander. Of course I used some. Fresh from the garden? Next thing you know, we are in the garden collecting herbs.
So I add a lot of fresh herbs (I had some from the CSA) and, best yet, fresh coriander, which I ground up on my own. Fresh coriander is strong…
And so, a little over 36 hours after starting, I finally had some homemade chili created with the freshest ingredients imaginable.
Yep, it was as good as it sounds! I left some out, but froze the majority of it. I will be able to have chili a couple of times a week for a month. And then it will be time to make it again ;)
My smile this week is making, and eating, vegan chili using mostly fresh, locally grown ingredients.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).