The way to love someone
is to lightly run your finger over that person's soul
until you find a crack,
and then gently pour your love into that crack.
~Keith Miller

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Green Chili - also a family recipe

I start with a bunch of poblano peppers ... clean them carefully because dirt hides in their "divets" especially around the stem. Roast them for awhile in a slow oven with a head of garlic and pictured here a couple of red peppers (just for color).  Once the outer skin has blistered remove from oven and cover with a tea towel.  The skins will be easy to peel once they've cooled.
I do not remove the seeds or membranes.  Pull the stems away and drain the juice into your cooking vessel.  Slice the peppers (I go lengthwise, but I don't think it matters) and put them with the juice and the prepared roasted garlic and an onion or two ... gotta clean and chop those up too!
I don't roast the onion btw ... it stews as everything cooks.

Sometimes I cook the chili in a slow cooker.  If you're doing that, the meat should be a pork tenderloin ... it's going to cook down to a pulled pork type deal.  Add the chilies once the meat is closer to done ... say 1/2 way through the time.

If you're cooking in a skillet, cube thick boneless pork chops (trim the fat away), season them, sear in hot olive oil, then turn the heat down to simmer ... add chilies later.  My mother used cornstarch mixed in chicken broth to provide a thickened sauce.  That works well when you're in a hurry, otherwise, slow cooking will render a nice sauce.

Serve this with black beans, grated cheese, spanish rice and flour tortillas.
left overs are great on nachos


GretchenJoanna said...

That surely does sound delectable.

This food topic is, for me, also related to grief. I've noticed about my grief that twice this week I've cooked something for myself that I had never done before, the kind of things that I only made for other people, like buckwheat pancakes. Then a toasted cheese sandwich. We make our new lives by doing things day by day, and it doesn't seem possible to force anything... not to make it sound like a passive state... it's complicated, isn't it?

DeAnn said...

It is complicated, as complicated as life. The relationship one has with their "departed", no longer present, doesn't end.

We are probably never really "good" at losing our people. Faith developed over a life time is probably a huge help. I was about her age when my dad died. I had no idea of how to deal with it.

Sure can see how food and nurturing and "remembering" sweetly can all be linked.
It makes me smile to read your thoughts "new lives". I link it with our recent exchange about "His mercies are new every morning"

I was looking for this which I re-read yesterday and thought of you -

"In the quiet lonely season, be alert, watch for God, see reminders of grace around you and in you life ... even in the night, look for God's grace, see it... then turn it back in words, actions and attitudes of praise. Respond with all that you are."
I love that ... .

found in this post:

your post of late and the joy of your garden came to my mind when I saw that.

Hugs to you GJ~