How to make Chilli Infused Ravioli Pasta Dough

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How to make Chilli Infused Ravioli Pasta Dough

Ingredients

1 tsp Hekpoort Heksie Chillies

3 eggs

350g flour

pinch of salt

½ T water

Method

1. Mix Chillies and eggs together in a mixing bowl with a fork

2. Get a medium sized bowl and add flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg mixture slowly. Mix with a knife until it forms a stiff dough and add a little water if needed.

3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until the dough is elastic and smooth.

4. Wrap the dough in Cling wrap and allow to sit for about 30 mins.

5. Make the filling of your choosing while you wait for the dough.

6. Once the dough is ready, roll it out on the floured surface and cut with a round cookie cutter or glass jar, fill the ravioli with your desired filling and fold over , washing the edges with an egg wash.

7. Boil the ravioli for 5-7 minutes.

8. Season with some fresh basil leaves.

Ravioli filling

You can choose what filling you would like but because the chilli flavour is in the pasta dough, a cream cheese or ricotta cheese filling is recommended but you can add meat instead. Ricotta and spinach are a great combination.

Some tips

Roll the pasta out so that it is not too thick that it doesnt cook through or too thin that it breaks in the boiling water. If you do make a double batch do not put it all in the pot at the same time as it could stick together. And add a little oil into the water when boiling.

Home made, fresh Pasta is always much tastier than bought pasta! If you do not have a Kenwood pasta maker or old school pasta machine, Ravioli is an easy and fun way to make Pasta. Get the whole family involved in the cooking of this meal. This recipe serves 4 people. Double the recipe if you having a small dinner party. It can even be served as a starter to a fun Italian evening

 

All About Chillie Con Carne

chilli con carne

What is Chilli Con Carne?

Directly translated from Spanish it is “Chilli with meat”, carne meaning meat.
It is a stew of minced beef and beans with chillies and or chillie powder added. It is a delicious yet economical meal, a typical American meal that can be served in a number of ways and is enjoyed in many parts of the world.


The origin of Chilli Con Carne
Chilli  dates back to the late 1800’s and originated in Northern Mexico and Southern Texas. Before the world wars, there were hundreds of ‘Chilli parlors’, also known as ‘Chilli joints’ and each one claimed to have their own unique spin on Chilli Con Carne.


What Ingredients go into Chilli Con Carne?
The basic ingredients include Beef mince, Red Kidney beans, Onions, Tomatoes, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Paprika and of course Chilli but every recipe has its own variation. Sometimes it is topped with grated cheddar cheese or sour cream. It can be served over pasta or with tortillas. It often goes well with nachos.

Some interesting facts

  • The Vegetarian version of Chilli Con Carne is called Chilli Non Carne, or Chilli without meat.
  • Chilli Con Carne is the official dish of Texas.
  • In 1880 women sold pots of Chilli Con Carne were called “Chilli Queens”
  • Spanish priests called it “the soup of the Devil”
  • During the filming of Cleopatra in Rome, Elizabeth Taylor had her favourite dish of Chilli flown in daily from Los Angeles.
  • Chilli Con Carne freezes well


Finally, originating in Mexico, this dish is so well loved it has become popular all around the world.
Nigella, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey have even put their spin on it and developed their own recipes. It is a healthy, tasty and economical family meal that everyone loves.

“delectable Chile-con-carne… composed of delicate meats minced with aromatic herbs and the
poignant chile Colorado — a compound full of singular saver and a fiery zest…”

O. Henry ‘The Enchanted Kiss’

Interesting facts about Chillies

Not everyone likes chillies but they are not only tasty but are unique and interesting too.  Chillies are remarkable plants from their origin to their uses. There are so many facts about chillies that you have probably never heard of before.

Here are 11 facts you may not know

  • Birds are immune to the burning effects of capsaicin. Only mammals are affected by chillies.
    • That is the wonder of nature as birds spread the seeds of the chillies.
  • There are over 140 different types of chillies. Different shapes, sizes, colours and even level of hotness.
  • All bell peppers are the same plant, the different colours represent the different stages in its growth. They start out green, then yellow and finally they become red. The green is mo re bitter and the red sweeter in taste.
  • There is a scale to measure how hot chillies are. It is called the Scoville Heat Unit Scale. Bell peppers can score between 1-100, in contrast, the Caroline Reaper which is dangerously hot is sitting at 2,2 million.
  • Peppers have more vitamin C than oranges. There is 143.7mg of vitamin C in 100g of red chillies whereas there is  53.2mg of Vitamin C in 100g of oranges.
  • Chillies are a feel-good ingredient as they release endorphins and dopamine from your brain into your body as you eat them.
  • Chillies have many health benefits. They can clear sinus, boost immunity, fight inflammation and help you to lose weight.
  • Chilli Peppers originated in Mexico and it is said that Christopher Columbus helped to bring chillies to the rest of the world.
  • Chillies were used as a tax payment to Aztec emperors.
  • Today the largest producer of green chillies is China.
  • Pepper Spray is made by extracting capsaicin from chillies.

In conclusion, Chillies have a long history, have travelled all over the world and enriched many a dinner plate. Chillies on a pizza, in a Red Thai Chicken Curry or a South African traditional bunny chow, make any meal tantalizing.

3 Health Benefits of Chillies

Chillies are members of the nightshade family, scientifically known as Capsicum Annuum. There is a wide range of chillies from the mild and sweet Pepperdew to the flaming hot Carolina Reaper. (Be careful, this one could land you in the hospital! ) Jalapeno, Serrano, Red Cayenne Pepper and Birdseye Chillies are most used in foods. Depending on your own personal tastes, you might choose a range between mild, medium and hot. Besides the taste, there are many health benefits to eating chillies.

  • Chillies Promotes Weight Loss

Capsaicin is the compound found in Chillies that promotes weight loss. It reduces cravings and increases your metabolism. They can even kill certain bacteria in the gut and aid in eliminating intestinal problems. The presence of Vitamin B6 also helps with weight loss. Just 10g intake of chillies can significantly help burn fat. Green chillies contain zero calories.

  • Boosts Immunity

Red Chillies have a high content of Vitamin C which is an antioxidant and boosts immune function. It also has vitamin A or beta-carotene which helps improve your eyesight. It also aids in immune system function. Capsaicin has antibacterial properties as well. This helps clear nasal Congestion and fight Sinus infections.

  • Help Red Blood Cells

Chillies contain Potassium which increases blood flow. They contain Iron which is vital for new red blood cell formation. They also contain Folic acid which also fights anaemia and helps the production of red blood cells. Vitamin K1 maintains healthy Kidneys and is essential for blood clotting. Eating chillies regularly can reduce the risk of heart disease.

In conclusion, Chillies are not only tasty but contain great quantities of vitamins and minerals which will keep you healthy. There are plenty of other benefits I have not even mentioned. So look up some recipes to include your favourite chillies into your mealtime preparations.