It all starts with 38 tomatoes.
If you learned to count tomatoes in kindergarten you might have noticed I have 31 tomatoes here, which if you carry the 2, subtract the square root, and estimate the x, you quickly realize that I am short 7 red juicy tomatoes. Which is fine. Cooking is not science, so fudging on the numbers is perfectly fine, even expected.
Next up we take the skins off the tomatoes. I first boil them in water, not milk.
Why not just buy canned tomatoes? Canned food is expensive here in Kenya. Besides this way I get fresh and mostly organic produce.
While those are in the pot doing their business I cut up onions and mince garlic.
If your onion has sprouted, teach it a lesson by chopping it up last. In the end the tears are worth it, and you have tasty onions and garlic ready to go in the pot.
By now the skins on the tomatoes look loose and have started breaking. Take them out, drain the water, and peel away. I do this under running cold water, because let’s face it, tomatoes that have just been taken out of boiling hot water will burn your fingers, and possibly other body parts as well.
What kind of chili would it be without meat? Vegetarian chili you say? I say that chili without meat is not chili, it’s vegetable stew.
The great thing about chili is that you can throw in leftovers. I cooked the meat in leftover garlic butter. Heaven.
While the meat is cooking I chop up the tomatoes.
One of Kate’s friends sent this handy little machine. She has the best friends. Who am I kidding? She has all the friends.
At some point the onions and garlic need to be added to the cooking meat.
Remember what I said about the leftovers? Well here are some beans, salsa, and pureed salsa to add.
Perfect time to add the chopped up tomatoes and all the seasonings. I put in : cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, tobassco sauce, sugar (which was skipped today cause I couldn’t find any,) and I think that’s it.
Stir till it looks like chili.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
And that’s how you cook chili for 16 hungry people. Actually since 14 of those people are girls we need more food, so we will cook some rice to go with it.