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Is it a Chili?! No, it’s my first ever Sloppy Joe (plus homemade buns recipe)

Failures in the kitchen – as much as I hate them they happen. They happen less often than they used to but still… From time to time there is a day when nothing good want to come out from my pots and pans. Of course there is more failures when I cook “American” food and almost no failures when I cook something Polish but that doesn’t count since my husband is not very fond of Polish cuisine.

Chili is one of those dishes that I had to learn to cook for my husband. He always talks (or used to) about his mom’s chili that it was really good from what he remembers. Once she gave him the recipe and I made it. We both liked it but the next time I made it I changed a few things and it was even better.

I just can take a recipe from mother-in-law and call it good. You know how that works. It got to be mine and it has to be better. That’s how it works in here. My kitchen my recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, last time we went grocery shopping I bought all the stuff for chili and grabbed additional 6 oz can of diced tomatoes with chilies. I have to idea why I did it, but I did. I though it might be good to add some new flavor to it.

Whenever I make chili I make a huge pot of it. I freeze it or we eat it for a week ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s why I like chili. Everybody likes it, especially my daughter, and I don’t have to cook for a few days after that. Win win.

So the next day I cooked all the tomatoes, cooked the meat and after all I remembered that there is that can of tomatoes with chilies. I think I didn’t even add that whole can, just a half of it. I stirred it, cooked a little bit longer and tasted…ย  my mouth got on fire!!! I mean, real fire, and when it happens to me I know that my husband will be burning twice as much as me. When he saw my angry and disappointed (and red) face he said: “Oh wait, it can’t be that bad let me try, maybe I can eat it”…, and he tried, and he said “NO. I’m sorry I’m not gonna”.

So, here I am sending that entire pot of chili down to the drain. The only thing it was left was the meat. I SAVED THE MEAT!!! Ground turkey mixed with Italian sausage.

The same night we ate pasta for dinner.

I don’t know why but when I looked at that saved (thank gods) meat I thought about sloppy joe. The weird thing is that I have never made it before and I can’t even recall if I ate it in the past (probably no). Anyway, that idea stuck to my head and it stayed there until the next day. I knew I don’t have buns to make it with and I don’t know how to make the meat sauce. I asked my bloggy friend Polish Mama on The Prairie and she gave me a few ideas which I’m gonna use the next time. This time I didn’t have half of the ingredients and lately my whale-like lovely lazy self is much too lazy to go to the store just to pick one or two things. As a pregnant woman I’m not only a brain damaged but motivation damaged as well. I could go hungry for days just give me water, milk and buttermilk these days and I’m happy as a clam.

Anyway, following my husband recommendations, because it’s him who would mostly be picky about it, I made the sauce from ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce and I baked the buns, and this is one more reason why I love my bread maker.

Want the recipe!? ๐Ÿ™‚

Here it is:

2 cups milk (any kind)

1/4 cup olive oil or butter (melted)

2 Tbsp. honey

2 eggs

2 tsp. salt

1/4 cup bread flour

5 cups whole wheat flour (plus more if needed)

2 Tbsp. active dry yeast

egg wash

sesame seeds

If made by hand or in a Kitchen Aid:

Heat up milk until very warm. Take of the heat. Mix in sugar and dissolve, add yeast, cover and wait about 10 minutes until the mixture rises and is bubbly.

In a separate bowl mix the bread flour and about 4 cups of bread flour, olive oil (or butter), honey, salt. When the yeast mixture is ready pour it over the flour mixture and knead. Add eggs. If the dough is very sticky add more flour. At the end the dough should be a little tacky to the touch at the end, so don’t add too much flour or overknead it.ย 

Cover and let the dough rest for up to 1 hour.

After that knead it a few times, shape into a balls and flattened them a little on the top. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let the buns rest for about 20 minutes.

Bake in 350 F for 18-20 minutes.

If made in bread maker:

Put the ingredients to the maker in this order:

Room temperature milk, olive oil (or melted butter), sugar, salt, honey, eggs, bread flour and whole wheat flour, yeast. close the lid and set on the “dough” setting. During the second “kneading” open the lid to check if the dough needs more flour. If it does add 1/2 cup. After a few minutes check again. Keep adding flour until the dough is smooth and stop sticking to the sides of the container. When it’s done take it out and shape into balls just like above. let the buns rest for 20 minutes. brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. bake in 350 F for 18-20 minutes.ย 

My Sloppy Joe

For the next two days we ate the rest of the buns for lunch with some veggies and homemade ricotta.


So not being very happy about the disaster with chili I was happy with my first ever sloppy joe. Now I need to work more around the sauce but other than that I think I’ve found a new dish that will be served at our dinner table quite a bit.

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An ordinary Thursday

Since our Little One doesn’t like milk anymore that photo is not a picture of her food. It’s my breakfast. She gets only dry cheerios. She likes it that way. These days she takes a sip or two of milk (like yesterday) but only because she sees me drinking it and she always wants what we’re eating. In the past when she begged for food I used to give her a piece of lemon or grapefruit. She would eat thatย  because she thought I’m eating that, too. You should’ve seen her face when she was eating it… .

That’s my lunch. Open face sandwiches baked for 10 minutes in the oven ๐Ÿ™‚ Yumm! Lately I do eat a lot of bread with tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, chives and a little bit of salt. Of course with butter on the bottom! I eat that for breakfast (not today) lunch and dinner. No cheese. Only yesterday I had that little craving for extra melted cheese and crunchy bread… .

Ah… and this is what’s going on in between breakfasts and lunches… actually the entire day. I chase off my daughter from in front of my computer. It’s just a second I don’t watch and she is on it. Banging on the keyboard pretending she’s typing like mom.

I checked on my basil today. It’s doing great. I make fun of myself that I’m going to have a great basil next year (I planted it in April this year!!!). For several months it wasn’t growing at all. It got to a few inches big and just stopped. It didn’t die. It didn’t do nothing. It just was. Finally I encouraged my lazy brain to start looking for some answers WHY?

I found it. I packed like 15 basils to one pot. It stopped growing because its roots couldn’t grow more in that ass small pot. I repotted it and now every few days I see new leafs.

Our tomatoes are doing great too.

As usual when our Miss “I want everything” saw them she wanted one. So I gave it to her knowing how it’s going to end.

As you can see she chewed on it and it didn’t taste good, I guess, so mom got it back with loud “NIE” what means NO.ย  Oh well at least she likes tomato sauce.

We’ve got a new grapefruit, as well.

While I was busy taking pictures she was getting more and more dirty.


Moving stones looked pretty entertaining and very absorbing.

In between she came up with a recipe for a beautiful skin scrub. Very simple. You take a bunch of dirt. Crush is in your hands. Just like that:

Apply. Easy peasy ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks god it didn’t rain yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚

and then, she {snapped}Give me your best shot at Better in BulkPhotoStory Friday