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.