Leon is John’s dad. John’s dad is Leon. We thought it was a nice name for our good fast food chain. And here we are. In the 1970s, Leon played poker. Every Monday evening. Well, for most of the night. Each week, a different wife would have the delight of catering their husband’s friends. (In a nice way.) Smoke would fill the house. And someone would walk away richer. But a little tired for work. Mostly the food would consist of sandwiches and pies, except on so-called ‘gala nights’, when there was a more ‘exotic’ offering like chilli con carne. This is how it went…
HOW TO DO IT
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, and gently fry the onion until it’s soft and translucent.
- Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, just for a couple of minutes, then add the minced beef. Brown the meat thoroughly.
- Crumble in the stock cube and add the water. Stir everything together well, bubbling it all up, then add the tomatoes, tomato puree, the beans and the herbs and spices.
- Season with salt and pepper, then simmer over a low heat for 30-40 minutes, until it has reduced to a thick, fragrant, spicy chilli.
- For that final 70s touch, serve with rice or crackers and a good grating of Cheddar cheese.