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Sat, May. 15th, 2010, 10:04 am
The rat cooks

My cooking posts have by far been my most popular on LJ, so I thought I should follow up by sharing the two recipes I was so publicly puzzling over, with some personal notes.

The first recipe I tried was Texas-Style Beef Chili.

  • "1 yellow onion, chopped"--What's a yellow onion? We only have white and brown onions here. I used a brown onion, and it worked fine.
  • "3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped"--It seems to me that seeding a tomato would involve gutting it. I put them in whole and had no regrets later.
  • "2 chipotle chiles in adobo, chopped"--Two what in what?! It looks like this one I will need to order from an online Mexican specialty store, of which thankfully there are a few in Australia. I substituted green and red chiles.
  • "1 jalapeno chile"--I think I can find these in jars here, but I'm not expecting much luck finding that fresh.
  • "1 cup dark beer"--I always cook with beer--oh, you mean putting it in the cooking?! I used Guinness for this one, and I highly recommend it.

Later today I will be cooking Boston Baked Beans. I'm sure a native Bostonian (yes, I'm looking at you, perspedragon!) will rightly react with horror at what I'm doing to it, but I have to work within my limitations and I hope it will be at least a rough approximation. I will need to go to Boston some time so I can see how it's really done. The same goes for Texas Beef Chili.

  • "500g dried white beans"--I can only find tinned white beans for now. Later I can try harder to source the real thing. As a result, I will skip the soaking stage, which I know is otherwise every important for safety reasons.
  • "ketchup"--We have tomato sauce here. That will do. If I knew what the difference was, I might be more motivated to source the real thing.
  • "smoked bacon"--They were out, or have stopped stocking it. I substituted regular bacon.

Sat, May. 15th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)

So, are you taunting me by pointing out that I could just buy Boston Baked Beans in a tin at my nearest supermarket if I lived in the US? Gee, thanks, Harvard. I feel much better now. ;)

Sat, May. 15th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)

I'm sure you are enjoying the journey!  You don't want a shortcut to the destination.

Sat, May. 15th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)

Quite so. They say life is a journey, but you don't want to take any shortcuts getting to its destination!