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January 16, 2014

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Happy International Hot & Spicy Day!

Kristi over at Inspiration Kitchen introduced me to this lovely day some weeks ago and I’ve been looking so much forward to it since.

I have absolutely no idea what national means in this context. But that really doesn’t matter ’cause I really really really want to participate in hot and spicy day. If “national” means American I’m gonna be American for a day, if it means Australian I’m gonna be Australian for a day and if it means Faroese I’m gonna be Faroese for a day. Because if there is spicy food you can be sure I’m there.

My entry?

Vegetarian Chili

Delicious, warm, spicy chili. Perfect for the incredibly cold winter weather.

(And way better than the awful shepherd’s pie we’re gonna have for dinner in a moment – yuck! Meat and potatoes are NOT my favorite food – I think I’ll have the piece of salmon which we have in the fridge)

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Right now I’m writing the second biggest assignment in the Danish high school system. You write 3 big ones during the high school years. The second one – called SRO – has to be written in two of your A-levels. You choose yourself, and then the teachers give you the “problem” which you have to solve.

So… I chose physics and biotechnology (yes, I am a nerd). And guess what I got? Quantum Physics. Seriously? That is the hardest part of physics ever. Gosh…

The physicist Feynman once said: “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.”

Wonderul… My brain is… well… tangled I guess.

It is okay though. I like challenges and I think I might understand (or not?!) it now. Well, I should not say say that since it basically means I don’t.

Anyways – I’m done now and I actually think (and hope) it went quite well. Looking forward to hearing what the teachers think.

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Anyways – back to the wonderful chili.

Once again: Happy International Hot & Spicy Food Day

Vegetarian Chili
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Serves: 4
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • ½ cup (120 mL) tomato paste
  • 2 cans beans of choice
  • ½ cup (120 mL) cooked quinoa (1/4 cup uncooked) in 1 cup water)
  • 1½ cup (350mL) vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp. chili*
  • ½ tsp. paprika*
  • Cayenne pepper*
  • 25 g. dark chocolate
  1. Chop the onions and garlic. Heat up the oil and cook the onions, garlic, oregano and thyme for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile cube the bell peppers. Add them to the pan and fry for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add in the tomato paste, beans and quinoa. Fry for a minute or so - then pour the vegetable stock over. Cook for 5 minutes. Then season with chili, paprika, cayenne pepper and dark chocolate.
  4. Let simmer for 15 minutes stirring from time to time.
  5. Serve hot.
* Feel free to add even more chili, paprika and cayenne pepper. The amounts in this recipe makes the chili not-so-spicy, so if you want it spicier add some more. I'd do that ;)


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20 responses to “Vegetarian Chili”

  1. Leigha says:

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful!! The chili looks awesome. I’m not much for meat and potatoes either! And good luck on that paper! That sounds haaard!

  2. tohercore says:

    Well done on getting your assignment done! I dont understand quantum physics either way you look at it! ;) And what a great meal to celebrate – this chili looks delicious, and so warming! We’re in the middle of a heatwave here at the moment though, so I might be pinning it for use a little later on I think ;)

  3. Josefine – this vegetarian chili looks amazing! I love the fact it has quinoa – AND – chocolate! What a surprise ingredient – I love it and I have to try it! I’m always asked to make vegetarian recipes, and I think this is a great one! I’ll bet the chocolate adds amazing flavor. Thank you so much for joining me on celebrating Hot & Spicy Day!!! It was a lot of fun, and I adore the recipe you did. Pinned!

    • Haha. I thought it was quite silly adding the chocolate, but I had heard it should add a nice flavor to chills. So I tried it – and I really makes a huge difference. So good ;) (when is chocolate not good)
      Thanks for introducing me to this lovely day!

  4. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    Biochemistry and physics?? Those subjects are so hard! Kudos to you for taking them, you’re my heroin! ;–) I’m sure you’ve done so well with your assigment, you’ll see!
    This chili looks wonderful. If it’s spicy, you bet I’m in!

  5. chili has got to be one of my number one favorite foods! can’t wait to try this! I’m always hesitant when I see chocolate in chilli recipes but i’ll take your word for it!

    PS. just wanted to say I’ve followed your blog for a long while now and I absolutely love every post, your pictures are just INCREDIBLE! you were definitely one of the people who inspired me to finally take the big leap i’ve always wanted to & start a blog :)

  6. Oh my goodness. I’m impressed. Physics still makes me squirm (and I’ve been out of high school for almost a decade now!) This chili looks delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Amy Alt says:

    This looks so warming – yum! I love vegetarian chilli, I think it’s actually better than the meat version because it has more variety of flavours. I bet you are so relieved to have finished the assignment- I also did a physics A level so can totally sympathise with trying to learn things which seem completely crazy!

  8. Oh Josefine! I admire you for taking up biochemistry and physics! I hope you do well.. This chili will make a great super for all that studying :)

  9. Yum, this looks delicious! Love a good veggie chilli- the perfect warming dinner :)

  10. I love chili and your vegetarian version looks delicious! It’s 4 degrees F here and this is the perfect comfort food to help warm me up. :)
    Good luck on your assignment!

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