Sunday, September 13, 2009

Jamie's chilli con carne and jammy doughnut muffins

Today is a lovely lazy Sunday - the sun is shining, the birds are singing (or at least the crows are cawing) and I would love nothing better than to lay back and soak up the sunshine with my eyes closed, in a world of my own.

However, before I do that, I will quickly share with a couple of dishes that I have made recently which you too may wish to try.

The first is Jamie Oliver's Chilli Con Carne (featured in the photo at the top of this post) in its pre-Ministry of Food, pre-chickpea days from p31 of
Happy Days with the Naked Chef. This was Jamie in his cheeky chappy, "lovely jubbly" days, while he still lived in London and prior to the arrival of his three baby girls. I loved this era, and watching the fun that he had in and around London in his shows was one of the factors which gave me the courage to up sticks half way around the world and live there myself for a short time.

This version of chilli con carne is hearty and delicious, and includes real chillies (not just chilli powder) and sun-dried tomatoes. It is absolutely delicious served on its own, or in a jaffle or taco. It is also dead simple to whip up, and can keep a very hungry crew satisfied.

If you would like the recipe, turn to Jamie's book, or alternatively, the recipe has been posted online here.

My next dish for today is the
Jammy Doughnut Muffins made by the Sweet and Simple Bakes group last month. They look very pretty, but unfortunately, I found them a little dry and bland. This may well be because I halved the sugar (I made a double batch for work and ran out of sugar!). That said, they disappeared at work. Ruth had two, despite finding them a little dry, and Fay thanked me for the lovely cakes, so it's all down to personal taste. Don't let me dissuade you from making them - you are likely to be wise enough to have the correct amount of sugar for a start.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend - ciao!


Jennifer said...

That chili looks SO hearty! And Jamie was a cheeky little devil back in his earlier days...I've always loved his mischievous smile!

Those jammy doughnut muffins look delicious as well!

I hope you have a fantastic Sunday! It is nearly 11pm here on Saturday evening, I'm listening to jazz and getting ready to turn in.:)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh I love a rich, delicious chilli! That looks great and I can almost smell the beautiful aroma from here! :)

Happy cook said...

I must make chille once and that muffin donut i thinkthat is a fabulous idea.

Palidor said...

The muffins and chili looks so tasty! Fall weather is coming here, so a bowl of chili would be perfect!

Anonymous said...

Those jammy doughnut muffins sound like heaven!

Cakelaw said...

Hi Jennifer, I can't resist Jamie's grin either - I am firmly in the "fan" camp.

Hi Lorraine, it does smell delicious, and is perfect for a cool evening.

Hi Happy Cook, there's nothing like a good chilli, I think.

Hi Palidor, chilli has a marvellous ability to warm you to your bones - I love it.

Hi Wendy, I think that, in the right hands, they would be delightful, and they do look so good.