Tag Archives: Canadian Thanksgiving

Chicken or Turkey and Beans Chili

Cold weather is setting in, the days are getting shorter and even on the sunniest of days, one still needs to bundle up. This is the weather that requires tucking into a warm bowl of soup or stew after coming in from the cold. Thanksgiving comes earlier in Canada, we celebrate it a month earlier than Americans, and last week we made a chicken chili instead of having the traditional turkey. (We would have used turkey, but my Mum didn’t have her readers on when she went to pick it up. To be fair, though, the chicken and turkey (both ground) were close together.)

This will have been only the second recipe for chili I’ve made so far, and it’s a good one. It was an instant favourite with my family – there were no leftovers – and it has the traditional chili flavours with bacon and ground turkey (or chicken, which is tofu-like in that it absorbs the spices and flavours of the ingredients) and the addition of cocoa powder gives it depth and a subtle flavour of its own. (I had not used cocoa powder before in chili and despite my doubts, I was pleasantly surprised and happy I went along with it.) We also used red and white kidney beans in celebration of Canadian spirit.

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Guest Post on Bob’s Red Mill with a Recipe for Quinoa and Happy Fiji Day and Thanksgiving

Dear Readers,

In my last post when I told you all that I am away in Fiji, I forgot to mention in it that I guest posted on the Bob’s Red Mill blog with a recipe for Broccolini, Corn, and Shrimp Quinoa with Olive Oil Lemon Garlic Dressing last week. I tweeted the link and posted it on Facebook, though I thought I would mention it here for those of you who aren’t on Twitter or Facebook and might have missed it.

Remember, if you’re looking for a particular recipe, or you’re just browsing, you can always check out the ever-expanding recipe index.

Tomorrow (Monday, October 10th) is Fiji Day, celebrating Fiji’s independence from the British for forty-one years and all the celebrations this weekend are leading up to it. (My Dad told us that, thankfully, Fiji’s independence was non-violent and was a generally peaceful affair.)

As it is also the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend, I wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Fiji Day! :)