Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Happy Little Post

I decided to make Half Man Half Beer's Outstandingly Fabulous Chilli Con Carne for today's dinner. This benefits from a good long cook (I mean being cooked for a long time, nothing to do with the height of the person making it), and it improves with time.

So I hit the supermarket early. So early in fact that the produce guy hadn't had time to suffocate the fresh herbs in clingfilm, and the butcher hadn't got any minced beef. I was glad about the clingfilmed herbs because when they do that, stuff like coriander and parsley immediately begin to sweat and rot and if you buy it late in the day half of the stuff is unusable.

I asked the butcher for a kilo of fatty minced beef. They normally do lean minced steak and something they call 'minced beef', which is a bit cheaper. 'Minced beef' was what I wanted (HBHB's recipe specifies some fat in the mince to add flavour: BetterArf thinks this is a typically bloke-ish thing). This is one of the great things about living here - minced beef or steak is usually just that. No sawdust, lips, ears or toenails are added to bulk it up and increase the butcher's profits.

There's a slight problem though: he has no fat kicking around - all of the beef they have has been well-trimmed. I have to accept some lean chunks of steak. He puts it through the mincer and lo and behold, a kilo of steak worth Dhs 29 becomes a kilo of steak mince at Dhs 19. Insane!


Blogger nzm said...

Too funny!

As the saying goes only in Dubai.


2:07 pm  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

What a huge result!! Glad to hear that the recipes are coming in useful. You've got to try the chicken masala next.


3:15 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

HBHB: did the chicken masala last night - magnifico!
I'm waiting for your book to come out!

3:25 pm  
Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

Apologies, very churlish....also meant to say many fanks for the plug.


3:25 pm  
Blogger Mme Cyn said...

I've got some tortilla chips... when's dinner?

6:43 pm  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said... how did the chili turn out?

7:07 pm  
Blogger Herlock Sholmes said...

can you email me the receipe?

1:48 pm  

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