Shoutout to our neighbors who pulled off a COVID successful birthday party for their little one while also hosting a chili cook off.
The kids played. While the parents indulged in a wide array of chilis. And they were all good. Even the Wendy’s hijinx.
My contribution was a new recipe. I had to go dairy free and nut free (my vegetarian chili has dairy and sometimes, peanut butter for some earthiness) so that was off the table.
Constraints breed creativity (Jonah Lehrer got it right even though he lied to do it). And a new chili was born: Brunch, Punch Drunk.
It was a fairly standard base: Onion, Red Pepper, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Diced Tomatoes, Ground Beef, Stew Meat, Tomato Sauce, Cumin, Coriander, Cayenne, Beef Broth, Black Beans.
Then, the fun.
Brunch: Bacon, Honey, Ground Coffee, 100% Cacao Dark Cocoa, Cinnamon
Punch: Habanero, Jalapeño, El Yucateco, MSG, Chipotle Peppers in Adobo, Jalapeño Pickle Juice.
Drunk: 2 Shots or Bourbon, Red WineI ended up skimming and diluting it because I thought it was going to be too spicy. Should have left it. The end result was good but way tamer than I thought.
I miss cooking for people. It was fun to do. And it was tasty.
The chilis were so good I broke my vegan fast today (vegan for 2021 thus far) back on the wagon on Sunday for as long as I want to hold it.