Our adventures together – Part 2

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Things went well on the hike, so I invited Jeanne over to my house for dinner. In 2004, brilliant filmmaker Robert Rodriguez made a video called “Ten Minute Cooking School”. He showed how to make Puerco Pibil and said, “I’ve got a lot of friends who don’t know how to cook which I can never understand because not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to fuck.” He also said, “Pick 2 or 3 of your favorite dishes, and learn to cook them really well. You gotta eat the rest of your life, so might as well eat well.” That inspired me to learn how to cook, and now I can make a pretty good chili.  I invited Jeanne over to try mine hoping that she would be impressed with my “cooking skills”. She was impressed enough to continue seeing me, and I definitely wanted to see more and more of her.

So, we went on a couple more walks/hikes. We walked a bit of the Dunmore East Cliff Walks in County Waterford.

Then we climbed Wellington Tower Monument in Deerpark, County Tipperary. 

Jeanne was interested in trying to play some of the games that I’m mad about, so she accompanied me to one of my Game Nights at The Front Room on John’s Street in Kilkenny. She’s been to almost all of them ever since.

And in between, we celebrated Valentine’s Day. I received some sweets and a stuffed cactus. 

As sweet as those gifts were, the card that she wrote topped them all. Since I write Stick Person Poetry Jeanne decided to write a couple of poems of her own.

I loved the poems, and I loved her confidence in knowing that my search was over.

By the way, here’s my recipe for Slow Cooker Chili (Serves 4-6):

500g Mince (I prefer beef, but I used vegan mince for Jeanne)
25g package of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning (Taco Seasoning > Chili Seasoning)
400g can of Red Kidney Beans
400g can of Black Beans
378g (three 226g bottles) Old El Paso Thick & Chunky Salsa Mild
100g Grated (Vegan) Cheese

  1. Add the Mince to a lightly oiled pan at medium heat. Add Seasoning to the Mince.
  2. Add both Cans of Beans to the Slow Cooker and set to low heat.
  3. Once the Mince is browned, add to the Slow Cooker.
  4. Pour the Salsa into the Slow Cooker making sure the Mince is covered with Salsa.
  5. Cover the Slow Cooker and continue on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  6. Serve Chili in a deep bowl and sprinkle with Cheese.

And make sure you don’t spill the Chili like Kevin did on The Office!