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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 9, Sunday

Chili
Irish Soda Bread

Cooking time: 60 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Yes, I know it's not proper.... But I tossed in the remaining 1/2 cup of chickpeas.  And all of the odd bits of tomatoes.   This makes 6 - 8 servings but freezes well.  Two meals are planned.  Freeze the rest and/or have it for lunches.  Refrigerate or freeze half of the soda bread for Tuesday - with more chili. 

Chili

Total time: 70 minutes
   This is my recipe.  I know it is not authentic 'Texas Chili'.  If any of you 'Chili' aficionados want to argue about what's wrong with it go ahead.  I use tomato juice to 'thin' it.  This is purely to taste.  I use 1 - 2 cups; mon mari would use none, my sister would use 5 - 6.  You can drink or freeze any unused juice in 1 cup portions.

Chili Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Irish Brown Bread (Soda Bread)

Total time: 60 minutes
     This is so easy, I make it often, especially in winter, to go with soup or just to have with a cup of tea on a cold wintry afternoon.

Irish Brown Bread (Soda Bread) Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: I normally cut the loaf in half; we eat half and freeze half for later in the week. It keeps well for 3 days without freezing. 

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium bowl, large bowl, pastry cutter or forks,
baking pan for bread, stock pot or dutch oven

Turn on oven 400F (200C)
Chop onions, peppers, mince garlic
Sauté chili powder in oil
Add onions, peppers, sauté
Mix yogurt, milk for bread, set aside
Mix dry ingredients for bread
Cut butter into dry ingredients, set aside
Add garlic to onions, sauté
Add beef, brown, breaking up
Drain, rinse kidney beans
Remove pork from pinto beans, if any

Drain and chop tomatoes, reserving juices
Add remaining ingredients to chili, heat to boiling
Butter, flour pan for bread
Add milk/yogurt to dry ingredients for bread
Stir well, pour into pan, bake
Stir chili well, add tomato juice to desired consistency
Cover, simmer
          Go do something for 20 - 30 minutes
Taste chili, adjust seasoning, cove, simmer
       10 minute break
Taste, adjust chili again
Tale bread from oven, remove to wire rack, cool
When ready, cut bread in half
Serve chili, garnish if you like
Slice bread, serve with butter or honey
Done?  Wrap bread in foil - fridge or freezer