Saturday kitchen: chilli con carne  

    There’s nothing better than a bowl of homemade chilli when it’s cold and grey outside.

    Thanks to my friend I managed to make the best chilli I have ever had to the joy of making. I had to make a few adjustments as I didn’t have 500g of mince, so here’s what I went with.

    250g mince

    2 cloves of garlic 

    1/2 chopped onion

    1 chopped pepper 

    1/2 tin of chopped tomatoes 

    1/2 tin of kidney beans 

    1 beef stock cube 

    300ml boiling water

    1 tsp chilli powder 

    1 tsp coco powder

    3 tsp tomato purée 

    Pinch of cinnemon

    Chedder cheese to sprinkle 

    Basmati rice 

    Voila! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. If you did, please let me know me@leannemacduff.com, and also any other variations of this yummy Mexican dish then please do share!  

     Enjoy! Xox

    Oh I took a snapchat too. ?



    Halloumi mad

    Whilst recently making dinner with my boyfriend, I randomly stopped mid conversation to ask him if he’s noticed my weird food habits yet? “Funny enough”, he says in a dry sarcastic tone, “yes I have.” Haha. I laugh, but I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or not. Let me explain… This beautiful picture down below is a simple cous cous salad, with peppery leaves, roasted peppers and my new favourite; halloumi cheese.

    It tastes like what I call ‘roasted cheese’ in Scotland, but without the bread. I got my first taste from my boyfriend during one of our many many (much loved) trips to Nando’s.


    It’s rather strange that I should like halloumi, after all I am usually freaked out by the texture of certain products. Until recent times the only cheese I would eat would be mature cheddar (the white one) , and now I’m eating feta, and mad about halloumi?!

    Maybe this is a good thing. Maybe I’m expanding my horizons and opening my mind up to explore new textures and flavours, lol. The weird thing about my food habit, which I mentioned earlier is that when I find something I like to eat, I get frequent cravings for that particular combination, or product and eat it until I’ve had waaaaay too much and I simply can’t eat another bite; for at least three years. Seriously, this is what I mean… for example, my love for chilli con carne has driven me to eat the delicious meal at least four times in this past week. This taste bud has been re-building itself up again over the last few weeks. By the time this week is over I will probably have ate at least another two bowls of chilli too. Thankfully, I’ve gone through this with Chilli before, and we still have a steady relationship.

    Food (and drink) that haven’t survived this weird cycle of mine, wine, lasagna, beef olives, mash potato, brussels sprouts, carrots, and the curry from our local curry shop that uses waaay too much salt.

    What about you? Have you got any weird food habits, have you tried halloumi, or can you recommend any alternatives healthy lunch ideas like the one above? I’d love to read them. Comment below.