Vegetable Chilli – Jamie Oliver Recipie


  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes , approximately 500g
  • 1 level teaspoon cayenne pepper , plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground cumin , plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 level teaspoon ground cinnamon , plus extra for sprinkling
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 2 x 400 g tinned beans, such as kidney, chickpea, pinto and cannellini
  • 2 x 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes


This is a lovely alternative to traditional chilli con carne. It’s packed with good stuff so is a great choice for veggies and meat eaters alike. I like to serve it with soured cream, guacamole and either rice or tortilla chips, but it’s totally up to you.

1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/gas 6.

2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into bite-sized chunks. Sprinkle with a pinch each of cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat, then spread out on a baking tray and set aside.

3. Peel and roughly chop the onion. Halve, deseed and roughly chop the peppers. Peel and finely chop the garlic.

4. Pick the coriander leaves and put aside, then finely chop the stalks. Deseed and finely chop the chillies.

5. Place the sweet potatoes in the hot oven for 40 minutes, or until soft and golden.

6. Meanwhile, put a large pan over a medium-high heat and add a couple lugs of olive oil. Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.

7. Add the coriander stalks, chilli and spices and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring every couple of minutes.

8. Drain the beans, then tip them into the pan with the tinned tomatoes. Stir well and bring to the boil, then reduce to a medium-low heat and leave to tick away for 25 to 30 minutes, or until thickened and reduced. Keep an eye on it, and add a splash of water if it gets a bit thick.

9. Stir the roasted sweet potato through your chilli with most of the coriander leaves. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if you think it needs it.

10. Scatter the remaining leaves over the top, and serve with some soured cream, guacamole and rice or tortilla chips.


When you get the hang of this recipe, keep things interesting by varying the types of beans you use or swapping the chillies for some hotter varieties, if you like.


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new derry skatepark in full flow…check this out..yeeoooo!

Al Mennie in Drift magazine

check out what Al has been up to……

The Stones of Ballyliffen

There has been many a conversation about the stones on Ballyliffen Beach, are they natural or where they put there to protect the Golf Club from erosion? I have asked surfer and local alike with no certain answer. However an answer I found in an extract from the Golf Clubs AGM on Tuesday 26th February, 1974.

It reads “grave disquiet was expressed by members regarding the dangers of erosion along the seaward boundary of the course. This real threat to the Clubs property, and indeed to the future of golf in Ballyliffin was accentuated by the removal of the natural gravel barriers protecting the coastline.

Thousands of tonnes of gravel were being removed weekly, leaving a sandy coastline to the mercy of the sea. A large tract of property was literally washed away while the Club was concerned environmentalists begged the Council to be responsible and pro -active. Thankfully, albeit slowly, the removal of seashore materials was prohibited by the Council thereby allowing the natural gravel barriers to be re-established”.

Interesting No?

Surf Club Showing the Drifter on Big Screen

The NW Surf Club is showing the Drifter, Rob Machado and Tyler Steele’s new colaboration on the Big Screen at the Nerve Centre Cinema on Friday the 16th April at 7pm.

Entry is 3 quid (Sterling and Euro accepted)
Everyone Welcome

You can sign up for membership to the surf club on the Night.
Club membership costs €25 for Seniors and €20 for Juniors (under18).
80 percent of membership costs goes to the ISA and to pay individual members Insurance.
The remaining 20 percent the Club uses to put on events throughout the year.

The Club will be advertising its 2010 list of Events shortly.

Any Surf related Business, interested in Sponsoring some of the 2010 Events contact

See you there
Should be a good one

Surfing Mennie waves

Surfing Mennie Waves. Al Mennies amazing new book. Surfing Mennie Waves tells Als story. Starting locally. Heading to England. Surfing Mavericks, competing at Nelscott and the Worlds … and ultimately finding a regular spot among the worlds finest in big wave surfing …. the b…ook will be distributed widely in due time…, but for now is ONLY available from Als personal website:
Facebook link with all the info!/pages/Surfing-Mennie-Waves/105690549458690?ref=ts