It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s rainy. It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to curl back up under the covers and take a duvet day or two. I’ve had a few too many of those, since the world’s New Year gift to me was a fat chunky dose of norovirus – which when I think about it was not fat and chunky at all, but thin, wet and splattery.
What is required is a big bowl of love, something filled with flavour, heat and sunshine. So I was chuffed to find Homesick Texan‘s blog, which by itself is a warm and comforting read. Her recipe for proper Texan Big Red Chili had my mouth watering. It’s a weekend kind of recipe, the type of thing to spend a bit of time and care to make sure you get it right. I’ll certainly be trying it when I get a spare afternoon.
I was reminded at the same time of Heston Blumenthal’s recipe which was featured in the second series of In Search Of Perfection. When it comes to chili, I think there’s nothing wrong with an obsessively detailed approach. However, I remain unconvinced by some of his research. Going to a cookoff in a car park in downtown Washington? It’s hardly the heart of Big Red country!