Cheap n Cheerful Chocolate Chilli

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Ok. Enough of doom and gloom (if you want a bit of introspective I invite you to click here) because I have an irresistible recipe for ravenous ruffians right here. By which I mean it takes minimal time to make, is supadupa healthy and causes my daughters to behave like ragamuffins, all but licking their bowls out my despite attempts to cajole them into more delicate eating behaviours.

So! Chopping board out? Knife at the ready? You’re good to go…

Heat your frying pan up (one with a lid) chuck a bit of oil in and then throw caution to the wind as you grab any veg from the fridge that may-or-may-not-be past it’s prime but needs to be cleared out before the new vegbox arrives tomorrow. Onions, garlic, carrots, celery, peppers, courgettes, mushrooms, whatever – just clean ’em, chop ’em and chuck ’em in. Add that pack of beef mince you forgot to defrost too and keep stirring, and in the case of the mince, hacking at everything until it’s all frying away nicely. If you’ve got any fresh or frozen chillis (smug face – I have some I already chopped and froze in an ice cube tray) chuck them in too.

Next, cast your eye along your spice rack. Got any cumin, cinnamon, coriander, paprika and/or whole cardamom pods? If you have them use them all. Lots – go on, be brave! Then find that jar of passata at the back of your cupboard and stir it in. I know it doesn’t look promising right now but fret not. Stick a lid on your pan, clean the kitchen up, sort the laundry, vacuum and have a cup of tea before you judge.

Now the magic starts… Some sea salt, some freshly ground black pepper and some cocoa powder. Now a bit more. Stir it in, taste it and see if you can add yet another teaspoon. Next see how much heat you can add (chilli powder, Tabasco, cayenne, chilli sauce – whatever you’ve got). Waft some up your nose, taste again, admire the colour. Thank me.

Leave it on a low heat ’til you are ready to serve and then fill up everyone’s bowls, topped with sliced ripe avocado (much nicer than cheese) and a generous amount of chopped coriander before you dive in. You can lick the bowl after if you like. It would probably be rude not to.

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