My goodness, the black bean turkey chili in the crockpot smells divine! I need to write down, this very moment how I made it, because this is seriously the BEST CHILI EVER!!!
I soaked a pot of black beans overnight. Then I hauled my sore body out of bed at 7:00 a.m., drained the water, poured on some fresh water to cover and put them in our smaller crockpot on low.
When I finally got vertical, I switched the crockpot to high.
Then I went to the stove and sauteed a package of ground turkey, 3 cloves minced garlic, half an onion minced, and a diced jalapeno in some olive oil. I added the following seasonings: 1 tablespoon Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning (which I put on nearly everything), 1 teaspoon cumin, half teaspoon turmeric, half teaspoon red pepper flakes, a quarter teaspoon cinnamon (trust me, this enhances the flavor big time!), and a splash of worcestershire sauce. I simmered for a few minutes and then added a big can of chopped tomatoes (28 ounces) and simmered some more.
Then I dumped this all into our big crockpot and added a can of tomato paste.
Then I sat down at the kitchen table with my prayer journal, Bible, day planner and a cup of Earl Grey tea. I had the sliding glass door open behind me. Honey Dog was running in and out, looking for cats and squirrels, no doubt. All the kids were at work. I felt very peaceful.
I journalled, prayed and read a bit. Then, the hunger kicked in, so I sauteed a chicken sausage and nuked some instant grits in the microwave.
By this time, the beans were cooked almost to perfection. So I turned off the small crock and let them sit for a bit while I ate my breakfast.
Then I dumped the black beans with their liquid into the large crockpot with the meat mixture. I gave it a stir and a taste. OMG!
Then I contemplated my grits. How tasty they were. Which got me thinking. Perhaps I should put a polenta crust on the chili? But this chili is so good alone, and a huge portion. What if the polenta ruined it.
So Oila! I discovered a recipe for polenta croutons online. http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2014/06/polenta-croutons.html
I have a pan of cooked polenta cooling, ready for the final frying step. I will let you know how they turn out.
I just tried another taste of the chili. It is done and ready for me to enjoy! I had better get busy with my croutons.
Today I am feeling the need to be kind to myself. Gentle even. A nice peaceful, cloudy morning of reading, cooking, sipping tea and a big bowl of steamy chili should do the trick!
I am going to do some stretching, crunches and pushups in my room whilst listening to the Mozart Requiem. Then off to teach a few piano students.
Tuesday and Wednesday I have taken off for piano practice and long gym workouts.
I am still pondering Psalm 40, and I have some reflections. But they are on the back burner. Behind the chili.
I will talk about more about Psalm 40 and some revelations from scripture, the pastor at the church I attend, and the workings of the Holy Spirit in my heart tomorrow when I have more time.
But for now.....