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Beef and Black Bean Chilli


1 tin drained black beans

1 pack 250g lean mince beef

1 onion finely chopped

1 chopped green pepper

1  chopped red pepper

1 beef oxo cube

tsp cumin

2 tsp cocoa powder

2  chopped cloves garlic

1 tsp smoked paprika or more if preferred

2 tsp thyme

1 tsp marjoram

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 TB cider vinegar



Add onions, garlic and peppers into a pan sprayed with fry light or other oil chosen, cook on low heat until softened and add the spices, herbs, add the chopped tomatoes, cocoa powder

Add the drained black beans

In separate pan brown off the beef with some Lea and Perrins sauce, then add to the remaining ingredients and a few shakes of Tobasco sauce

Simmer on low for approx 30 mins – serve with rice or salad



Butterbean Mash

I just adore butterbean mash!

so simple and very adaptable with any flavour and meal or even to top a pie of choice.

My simple way of making it as below.


1 tin drained butterbeans

1 chopped white onion or shallots

1 clove garlic chopped

1 large stick of celery

chopped fresh coriander

tsp mustard of choice I used wholegrain

1 veg oxo cube

approx 150 ml water to mix with oxo



Chop onion, garlic, celery stick, into small pieces, then simmer in pan with little water, add the beans when soft

Add the oxo cube made with the water

Season as wished – I used chilli pepper

Reduce the water down and add the mustard, and fresh corriander

Mash well with fork or masher, add a little fresh chopped coriander to decorate

I served with lemon sole simply cooked in water with a fish spice grinder