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In Search of the Perfect Bowl of Chili

2 Oct

I had a Monday off work, due to the Harvest Festival here. It’s one of the two biggest holidays on the South Korean calendar–the other is the Lunar New Year–and one of the few times I can rely on my friends also getting a day off.  The weather’s starting to turn a bit nippy here, especially at night, and for some reason, holidays among our crew of ex-pats seem to invariably mean Tex-Mex food makes an appearance.  Chili was the logical conclusion.  And before anyone starts, I know that “real Texas chili” doesn’t include beans.  However, I’m not Texan, and the way I grew up eating chili, it never lacked them.  To me, a pot of chili without beans seems more like sloppy joe topping than a filling meal in its own right.

Preconceptions about beans aside, this hasn’t stopped me from experimenting with different spices and blends to find the perfect combination of spicy-sweet-rich for a bowl of chili.  Monday’s, I think, was a success I’ll keep on permanent file.

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Monday mornings…

27 Aug

So, I had a whole list of Things I was Going to Do on Monday. I planned it all weekend.

These lofty goals included: cooking my favorite Moroccan chickpea soup, whipping up another batch of my new favorite sauce, redoing my manicure, vacuuming, washing my laundry, dressing like a competent adult, going to work, coming home at 9 on the dot, exercising for 45 minutes, fixing a healthy salad, and sleeping at a rational hour.

I managed to go to work, at least?

Instead of all the rest, I took a picture of my breakfast and tried very hard to feel accomplished about it.  My breakfast, mind you, was a couple of fried eggs, some black beans (from a can) heated up in the same pan with herb salt and red pepper, and some salsa (from a jar) spooned over it all.  Basically just huevos rancheros without the tortilla.  It was delicious, at least? And an entirely valid cooking choice on One of Those Days.

Anyway, since there is apparently a typhoon with the approximate dimensions of France sailing in tomorrow to hang about for a couple of days, and my office may or may not close, perhaps I’ll have some free time to do the other things.  You know, if we don’t lose power, in which case I may just end up rocking back and forth sadly and pushing unresponsive keyboard buttons until it returns.