Chef Bookstooge Says…


…”I am SUCH a great cook!!” *mwah*


Mrs Bookstooge is away for the weekend at a ladies retreat, so I’m batching it, left to my own devices.  Thankfully, as many a man knows, a crockpot is your second best friend. And nothing is better on those chilly mornings in September than some nice warm chili! (Mrs B would be proud of that whole chilly/warm/chili play on words. I, on the other hand, am disgusted with myself for sinking so low. Castigate me, please!)

chiliI know, I know, it looks like a pot of brownish red goop.                    *No birthrights were sold in the making of this pot of beans*


I started it when I got home from work yesterday and it’s been cooking til this morning. Had a bowl of that and my good old morning standby: Energy Drink.

bang300mg of caffeine per can. How’s that for a kick in the pants?


Going to be talking with the parental pods later this morning, then hopefully play some Magic: The Gathering with my bro in the afternoon and I’ll finish the day off with watching, and reviewing the next Death Note movie, called Death Note: Light Up the New World. I’m already excited for that! For those of you who aren’t as cool as Chef Bookstooge and don’t care for the whole Death Note movie franchise thing, this one will be the last. 4 movies in one week is enough for me too.


5rvwbef1Completely Gratuitous Magic: The Gathering picture. Because, “Cats”….


Hope your weekend is enjoyable. If not, drink a Bang drink. That much caffeine will either kill you or cure you *wink*


22 thoughts on “Chef Bookstooge Says…

  1. Haha, Chili mostly doesn’t look too good – But tastes amazing! When I make Dhal or any Indian dish for that matter it looks like slob but is very yummy 😀

    Enjoy your ‘free weekend’! I get them once a year when Mr DZ goes on a ‘Boys’ Trip’ (to watch UFC fighting) and spend them reading, ordering too much food and binge watching costume dramas on Netflix. But then after 2 days I start missing Mr DZ! It’s always the same 😀

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  2. I once had what we describe as an “out of body” experience when I ate some dried chillis from on top of a dish in a restaurant. The waiter hurried up and told us they were for decoration. Too late! The trouble is, as I understand it, heroin is very moreish, so is that chilli hit and I haven’t been able to find that high since, although I keep trying!

    My sister once described me as a “food masochist” due to my enjoyment of chillis. I do clearly remember the first time I tried chilli con carne way back in the 80s, when a whole new world of flavour opened to me. I put a few chillis on many things that I cook, often not enough to have a lot in the way of heat, but it gives another element of flavour and can make things a little more rounded. At the right level of heat a meal with chillis releases endorphins. I don’t tend to eat things quite as hot as I used to, but there have been times when after eating I have felt a little bit high.

    It’s not all fun and games though. An attempt to make chili jam last year resulted in over 18 hours of burning pain on my right hand from chopping dozens of chilis up. They weren’t even particularly hot chilis. I tried everything to stop the pain, and none of it worked other than time. I’m wearing gloves if I go near them now.

    And now my own recipe: I make mine with lean steak mince, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, peppers sometimes, chili paste (homegrown jalapenos; homegrown pasta), garlic, onion and last time i made it, I had a sachet of spices which contained dark chocolate. I also sometimes slosh a bit of red wine in if I have an opened bottle. I do like tomatoes in chilli and I grew my own plum tomatoes last year, cooked them with garlic and thyme and froze them to use in chillis, spaghetti bolognese, ratatouille. Going to do the same this year. As a matter a fact September is the last month to start doing it. I’m already late. Maybe today after lunch and if the sun is not too hot…

    I cook it on the hob then either put it into a slow cooker or shove it into the oven for a couple of hours. About ten minutes before I want to eat it*, I put in mushrooms as well. Served with basmati rice (I prefer it to white, I like the nutty texture) and pitta breads.

    I loved this post so much that I’m having chili for lunch… I’m off to the kitchen. Weapons grade, ring-stinging “chili com carne”; you just can’t get better than that.

    Thanks BookMasterchefStooge.

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    1. First off, lets’s be clear here:
      I don’t like hot, spicy food. I use the mild chili seasoning for the most part. The reason I don’t like it hot is because my body can’t take it 🙂

      And now I know about chopping up chilis. I will make sure I don’t ever do that!

      My recipe is as follows: (not quite as robust as yours)
      1lb ground turkey
      1lb turkey bacon
      1lb petite diced tomatoes
      1 can dark red kidney beans
      1 can light red kidney beans
      1 can chili beans (pinto beans in a chili sauce)
      1/2cup sliced black olives
      1 cup diced onions
      1 cup green/yellow/red peppers [not the hot kind]
      2 tablespoons of minced garlic
      2 packets of a local brand chili seasoning, mild.

      I layer it into a crockpot and put it on high for 4hrs. Then I’ll stir it up and let it cook on low for about 10hrs.

      When I do eat it, I use saltine crackers as the base and then put shredded cheese on top. I limit myself to 1 or 2 bowls a day until it is gone because of all the beans. 😀

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  3. hahaha you know me and bad puns- I thought the chilli joke was cool 😉 I was thinking you’d gone on a movie watching spree 😉 Never had Bang before- the only caffeinated drink I have is tea, but I make sure to drink enough that my bloodstream is probably tea flavoured (showing my British stripes 😉 )

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the Death Note movies.
      It was an eye opening experience for me, as I usually just throw a movie on in the background while I’m doing other things. Actually sitting down and paying attention to it was a lot tougher than I thought. One more reason to stay a book blogger I guess 🙂

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