||[Dec. 28th, 2009|04:35 pm]
Thanks to friends who hunt, we have some pounds of ground venison. The thought of venison leads to the thought of venison chili. I used to make venison chili with venison sausage (a combination of venison and pork sausage ground together) so, looking at this ground venison (lean is an understatement) I took about a third of a pound of pork sausage, cut it up into bits, and mixed it with the venison while starting the venison. Then a big fat yellow onion, chopped, and six cloves of garlic, chopped, went into a Dutch oven to saute while the meat partly cooked in the iron skillet. Then combined the two in the Dutch oven, with the packet of chili spices I like, a can of Ro-tel original and a can of plain diced tomatoes, and set it bubbling away on the back of the stove. A couple of hours ago I ate a few spoonfuls (good, but not quite there yet.) I think it could've done with a bit more pork sausage--it's been several drought years and none of the deer are carrying much fat. Still...good stuff for a cold night and predictions of more cold tomorrow.
Venison chili sounds lovely. I've always liked venison, though my favorite is venison summer sausage. Yum!
Did you see the prediction of "wintry precipitation mix" around here (I'm in Leander)? It looks like they've changed their mind to "freezing rain" starting in the wee hours of the morning. Be careful if you have to go out. :)
Not going anywhere but to the barn to feed...and very carefully.
Omnomnom! No beans, I notice, which from my point of view is good -- I like chili con carne pero sin frijoles (the only sort of beans I like are baked beans, and then only Heinz; I'll eat green 'runner' beans but tend to scrape out the actual beans).
(Odd incorrect derivation -- 'venison' is so called because a son of Venus was turned into a deer, hence "venus' son". Not actually true, but it's what my mind threw at me. I hereby release it into the public domain for anyone to use...)
From my background--beans don't belong in chili with one exception: you're really broke, you have to feed a lot of people, and those people don't mind beans in the chili.
OTOH, I like beans in other circumstances. Taste differs; yours leaves more beans for me. I put beans in some soups: black beans and barley in a chicken soup (homemade stock) with diced tomatoes and chilis is a favorite cold-weather hearty soup. I also make a mean bean soup (multi-beans) with a ham hock and/or salt pork. Aunt Rena taught me to cook dried beans in a way that the AHA would not approve ("You can't have too much pork, you can't have too much salt, and you can't cook them too long...") but produces a wonderful thick gravy perfect for sopping up with her cornbread. I do try to cut back on the salt, but not to the point of dullness. When we had the big garden in San Antonio, we grew multiple varieties of beans and I dried them for later use--scarlet runner beans dried are a great soup bean, esp. in a mix. For me, most baked beans are too sweet...but a bean and ham soup on a cold day is a delight. Also like green beans. Blue Lake and a long skinny one we called "Snake" beans.
Here in the UK "chilli con carne" (I don't know from whence the extra 'l' came, but it's ubiquitous) is almost certain to have beans, usually kidney beans, unless I make it myself from scratch. I was most pleased when I went to LoneStarCon2 in San Antonio (Worldcon 1997) that their chili cook-off had the rule "no beans" (you could serve them as a side-dish, but not in the chili), that does seem to be a frequent rule there.
(I see from the membership list that you were there, but I didn't see you. But then with however many thousand other people there that's not too surprising, I've been to Worldcons where I haven't even managed to meet people when we've both planned to meet.)
I haven't seen 'scarlet' runner beans...
Scarlet runner beans have gorgeous red flowers, almost as large as sweet peas and a wonderful bean-flower fragrance. They're pole beans. The beans themselves are splotched, purple on cream, and larger than kidney beans. I grew them because of Yeats. ("Lake Isle of Innisfree"..."Nine bean rows will I have there..." We never had room for nine bean rows, but we had what beans we could fit in.)
Yes, I was at LoneStarCon but very, very busy. It wasn't the greatest convention for me, due to behind-the-scenes stuff (like trying to prevent the kid from having autistic meltdowns in front of editors...having one of the co-hostesses for the tea we'd planned quit on me the week before...etc.) And of course a lot of people were shell-shocked by Princess Diana's death.
Scarlet runners are your average green beans in UK:Wiki-clicki