Veggie Chilli

Every year in Adelaide we all sit around, look at one another and exclaim in surprise to how cold it is. To be fair .. we get the extremes here .. its hard to go from 45 degrees to 1 degrees (and below !) … especially when central heating simply doesn’t exist here. A true ‘Adelaidian” will complain through the worst of winter and the very hottest of summer. Secretly we could not live without our seasons, I am thinking of our beloved wine grapes here …

Personally, apart from those terribly cold mornings I don’t mind it. I see it as touch of the UK and enjoy pilling on my collection of woolly hats and scarfs. Of course the excuse to cook up some bold and spicy dinners isn’t half bad either. This amazing veggie chiili is definitely one of them. With a great kick of spices, fennel and herbs it is great for digestive health. A decent dose of veggies and a great protein kick from the beans leaves you feeling both nourished and warmed … not to mention it is both budget friendly and easy to take along to any pot luck dinner. It freezes like a dream too !

Veggie Chilli Recipe


1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion
1 Small Fennel
3 garlic cloves
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 red chilli
1 tsp cayenne pepper/chilli powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1 dried chipotle chilli ( optional )
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 bunch of coriander
1 tbsp of fresh oregano (heaped)
1 tbsp ACV
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 lcarrot
1 small sweet potato
2 zucchini
800 gms beans ( Black/Kidney – mixed is good )
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 can whole tomatoes
1 lime

Natural Yoghurt, Avocado and Cos Lettuce leaves to serve


  1. Peel and roughly chop the onion, along with the fennel.
  2. Peel and slice garlic.
  3. Halve, deseed and roughly chop the peppers and finely chop deseeded chilli.
  4. Chop Coriander root (reserve leaves) and oregano.
  5. Heat coconut oil in large pot. Add onion, garlic, fennel and peppers. Cook for 8 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  6. Add the mixed spices, herbs, chilli and chipotle chilli. Cook for 10 minutes. Add a little water if needed.
  7. Add chopped vegetables ( bite size cubes ) and cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Add tinned tomatoes, beans (drained and rinsed) and apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, give a good stir and bring to the boil.
  9. Allow to simmer for 40 mins, add filtered water if needed. Stir every 10 mins.
  10. Once cooked and cooled slightly add cocoa, Half the lime juice and half the coriander. Give a good stir


Serve in a big bowl with sides and lime wedges and nourish  !

Ps. Don’t be alarmed by the cocoa ( you can make it cocao if you wish ) it creates a richness in the dish.


Wintery Inspirations

Adelaide the last few days has been cold, very cold and spontaneous showers make it that little more difficult for those lovely walks I’ve been enjoying of late. I adore walking around the areas around my home at this time of year as the trees cast spectacular back drops against the stunning wintry blue ( or stormy ) skies. With leaves strewn all over the foot paths it never fails to remind me a little of my time spent living  in Europe and of course Scotland. Walking gives me time to think, soak up some Vit. D and indulge in the fresh air !

Then the rain and wind comes and it all turns to mud and I crave wellies, hearty stews and a large glass of red in front of the fire. Well sadly our wee home does not have a fire just a poorly little heater that verges on the brink of extinction, I have indulged in a a few Paxton Biodynamic Red’s (heart health!) and practically lived off a fantastically healthy and hearty vegetarian stew (still tweeking the recipe – but will post soon )  and a creamy coconut  Broccoli Soup inspired by a recipe from Green Kitchen Stories. I simply love their recipe Apps and blog ! As for the wellies? Well I am in much love with the Kimono Olive Gumboots ( Laura Ashley ) and Gummy fleece socks available at Wellies and am hopeful they will arrive on my doorstep sometime soon given enough hinting. Sam take note ….

I digress .. ( as I so very often do) still a yoga beginner and  faced with fewer daylight hours and not so welcoming heavy rains keeping me in doors  ( though the garden is loving it ! )  I’ve struggled to find the motivation to get in daily exercise and not just curl up with a good read. Getting in deliberate exercise daily is one of my goals in reaching that happier, healthier life I so desire. It never fails to raise my spirits and is great for my digestive health on so many counts. I love my gym classes – but the times don’t always suit. I began trolling the internet looking for run programs thinking a challenge was needed and stumbled on the 31 day Squat challenge ! Lorna Jane clothing and her move, nourish, believe philosphy have been long time favourites of mine, but this 31 day challenge is pure gold. Even when short on time or with it cascading outside I can work towards doing 200 squats by the 5th August ( started 5 days in to July ). So with thighs already burning I encourage you to take on the challenge too ! Incidentally if anyone does know of a great run program or inspiring winter exercise ideas I am all ears …

Inspiring winter reading.

Inspiring winter reading.