VIII – Dinnertime!

Welcome back my imaginary friends! I hope you are hungry because i am planning on cooking you some real dinner, REAL dinner, not imaginary. But first things first. I promised you a recipe and here it is. In my imaginary restaurant it’s the most ordered meal (you get it when you point at the hot bowl on the menu) It’s a vegan chili and therefore the perfect dish for these days that are chilly. At least in World Six they are. I love the cold. So come inside, cuddle up and show Hugo the picture of the bowl to get…..

CHILI!!

Or cook it at home. I found this perfect recipe on the blog Oh she glows. The link HERE will bring you directly to the blog and the recipe. For those of you who don’t want to leave my page (oh, you are soooo sweet) i will post the recipe here:

You will need

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4 large cloves)
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded (if desired) and finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery (about 2 stalks)*
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced**
  • 1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (15-oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz) can pinto or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
I also add tofu, smoked. I love that taste. But to each his own. George always tries to convince me to add an apple, i am not so sure about that. If you try that, let me know. Hugo would love to add the little insects he finds on the windows of the restaurant. But like i said last time. Imagine eating the fly that is running for mayor. Try and explain that to someone then.
Back to the recipe. What to do with all the ingredients now?
  1. In a large pot, saute the onion and the garlic in the oil over medium heat until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and stir.
  2. Add the jalapeños, celery, and bell pepper and saute for another 5-7 minutes or so, until softened.
  3. Now add the can of diced tomatoes (with the juice), broth, and tomato paste. Stir to combine. Increase heat to medium-high.
  4. Add the drained and rinsed beans, along with the chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. Simmer the mixture, uncovered, until thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add the cayenne and hot sauce, to taste, if using. Taste and season with additional salt if desired.
  6. Serve with Cashew Sour Cream, chopped green onion, and cilantro leaves, if desired.
Cashew Sour Cream she said? Damn straight. That’s the real deal! You should have seen Spike Jonze eating tons of it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight or for 8 hours if you have the time. For a quick-soak method, pour boiling water over the cashews and soak for 1 hour. Rinse and drain.
  2. Place the drained cashews in a high-speed blender.
  3. Add the water, lemon, vinegar, and salt. Blend on high until super smooth. You might have to stop to scrape down the blender now and then or add a touch more water to get it going.
  4. Transfer into a small, air-tight container and chill in the fridge. The cream will thicken up as it chills. The cream will keep in the fridge for about 1 week. You can also freeze it for up to 1 month. I like to freeze it in silicone mini muffin cups. Once solid, transfer the cups into a freezer-safe zip bag for easy grab and go portions.

Please keep in mind that those cashews need to soak for eight hours. No spontanious chili cooking there.

 George, Spike and Harry came for lunch today and we ate a lot and Spike was kind enough to take a little picture of us, having coffee after the meal. (the little dots you see are our conversation. This is how it works in World Six. Silent! )

SONY DSCBut now back to our Dinner plans. I want to meet my imaginary friends and cook dinner for you. It won’t be at the restaurant because i will leave this place after one stressful week. It will be at my imaginary world headquater. But here’s the catch, this is in Vienna. So it is easier if you are

a: living in or close to Vienna

or if you

b: are planning to visit Vienna for a nice vacation.  George loves Vienna and his little trip is featured on boredpanda. Get Vienna inspired HERE.

If you want to come to dinner, let me know in the comments. Now this is where things get pretty serious. Can imaginary friends comment on a blog? Let me know and see you soon for dinner at my place! Oh, and depending on how many imaginary friends want to come. Party is closed with one person who can bring a friend. I will pick the lucky winner randomly after one week. (February 29th).

See you soon!

And the next task is to bring some new citizens into World Six. I received my citizen card now, after running the restaurant like a pro. Now it’s time for people to join me. But we will come to that. Next time! <3