OK, I had two problems today: I run a website about juices and smoothies, and it doesn’t have any smoothie-related posts on it, and secondly, I had a big bowl of leftover chilli that just… didn’t taste right.
It wasn’t bad chilli; there was just something about the spice mix that didn’t appeal to us. Fortunately, I discovered that it tasted better cold (some spices just taste dramatically different depending on the temperature,) but eating a bowl of cold chilli just seems sad. Like I’m one step away from eating directly out of a can. Over the sink. Not that I ever do that.
So I thought to myself, self, why don’t you make your first chilli smoothie? That’s right, I turned this:
You may think that this is a really bad photo, but note that I am not apologizing. I have nothing to apologize for, really, other than the fact that I made a chilli smoothie. The thing looked really, really bad. There’s no way you’ll see this in a restaurant that wants to stay open for more than a week.
I always took solace in the fact that the Vita-Mix would be a handy thing to have if I ever broke my jaw; I just didn’t expect I’d be doing a dress rehearsal.
The chilli had a fair bit of liquid in it, but not enough to produce more than a slurry of smoothie. I was faced with a horrible choice: add water to the mix, resulting in a larger quantity of what might be a very bad idea, or drink it thick, in which case it wouldn’t pour as much as tumble into my mouth and down my throat.
I went with the thicker version, and other than the weird “I’m not proud of what I’m about to do but this is for science” sentiment I was feeling during the process, the chilli smoothie was actually a pretty good success. It’s definitely the strangest protein-rich smoothie I’ve made, but I saved a lot of money on powders this way…