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Heidi Penttila

"The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously."

Qinzhou, Guangxi, China
married, 6 children
Writer without portfolio
Joined May 12, 2006

I was very ill once. When I came out of hospital. I went to a tea room every Tuesday and had ROASTED GREEN CHILI BISQUE. I developed an obsession with green chilis and to this day I can't get enough of them. I developed my own recipe by trial and error which I now present to any chiliheads out there for your perusal and delictation.

3 or 4 poblano chilis
5 or 6 anaheim chilis
1 or 2 jalepenos
two litres vegetable stock
Juice of 2 limes or a lemon
two cloves of garlic, chopped
handful of celantro
a cup of whipping cream or half and half

roast all the chilis in a hot oven or char them over an open flame till skins are loose and black. Place in a covered bowl or plastic bag for a few minutes so the skin loosens. Peel chilis and deseed. Remove stems. Be carefull to wash hands before touching face or rubbing eyes! In a thick bottomed pot saute garlic for a few minutes on low heat and pour stock in. Add the chilis but reserve one or both jalapenos till the end. Sometimes the other chilis are hot enough without. Add the lemon or lime juice and celantro and simmer with lid for 20 minutes. Ladel soup in small batches into a blender or food processor and blast it till it is a smooth consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Return to the original pot. If it is too thin return to the boil without a lid for a few minutes. Let cool and add cream or half and half. If it is too hot (chemically) add more stock water or cream. If it is not spicy enough for you put the jalapeno(s) in the blender with some of the soup and give it a whirl and add.Serve with fresh chopped celantro or parsley or chives and maybe a few corn chips. It is also a good contrast to chop and add some avacado in the bowls just before serving.Sometimes I also can't resist adding a couple of pepperoncinis from a jar into the blender and pouring in some of the juice too! (I did say I can't get enough). Happy chili to you!

Soup makes the world go 'round!

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About Me Writer, healer, philosopher, pilgrim.
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My Philosophy An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
Oscar Wilde
What Gives Me Hope At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. Nietzhsche
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
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