The Nifty50 After Glow

We have a winner!

Rookie chili cook and Brit, Stewart Marshall (with loving support form his better half Jess) took the top honours in the chili cook off contest. Stewart's Kick Ass Brick Chili (could you elaborate on the "brick" part of the name, Stewart) took home a total points of 110.5 which translated into an average of 7.89 points. Vida Morkunas "Vida Caliente" was a close runner up with an 7.8 points. Sibylle's Chocolate Lover's Delight took home third place with 7.71. It was very tough to judge the different flavours and textures and in the end, most chili's ended up within a close range of each other (*Note: some of the later contributions were not tested by a large number of guests - boy were we stuffed - so the total point count does not do their entries justice.)

There was also a great spread of side dishes from several kind of cornbreads, guacamole, tortelini (the kids were thankful for it), cheeses, breads, dips, chips, salads, salsas and chipotle, that together with the Russell Cream ale cleaned the palate between tastings.

The desert table with Black Forest Cake, Death by Chocolate, Chocolate Pudding Streusel and a couple of other unnamed delicacies rounded the evening out.

Thanks to everybody who joined into the fun and made the evening one to remember!

The Run

It was raining fairly hard as we assembled, but as luck would have it, the heavens calmed by the time everyone reached the official start line on Mosquito Creek. Here is who toed the line: Glenn Pace, Sal Bugliarisi, Al Harman, Gary Robbins, Ryan Melcher, John Machray, Ean Jackson, Ryota Inoue, Patricia Barry, Sibylle Tinsel, Colin Freeland and little runners Max, EJ Powderhound, JoJoCheesepig and wonderdog Roxy.

The Swim

Bonus: It was a loonie swim, so everyone got into the pool for a buck! Here's who started the swim: Kathy Woolverton and her 2 kids, Jill Warland and Parker Juryn, Action Jackson, EJ Powderhound, JoJo Cheesepig, Csaba Ekes, Colin Freeland, Jon Husband the Whale Shark, David and Hanna Jensen, Ryota Inoue. (Who have we missed?)

The Chili Cook-Off

Goodness... there were a lot of people and a lot of chilis! This may well become an annual thing.

Poor Ryota (who was visiting from Japan) was the first to succumb to the the siren song of the chili cook-off. He wins Purple Heart(burn) recognition as the first to overeat. Honorable mention to Stewart Woolverton and John Machray who both ate raw habaneros. Many, many thanks to John Morgan and Andrew Harris from Russell Brewing Company for the coming to the rescue with a keg of Russell Cream Ale to put out the fires that spontaneously combusted during the course of the evening.

Photos from the evening are here. If you would like to add your photos, please upload them to your Flickr account, add them to the ClubFatAss group pool and tag them with Nifty50Triathlon2007

Chili Contestants

Chili Name Chili Cook
1 Jackson's Snakebite Texas Chili con Carne The Birthday Boy
2 Chocolate Lover's Delight Sibylle Tinsel
3 Colin's Veggie Chili Colin Freeland
4 Michele's Veggie Chili Michele Sherstan
5 Smokey Cove Chili David Jensen
6 Stew's Kick Ass Brick Chili Stewart Marshal
7 Des's ? Chili Desmond Mott
8 Valley Veggie Chili Ethelyn/Craig
9 Death Run 100 John Machray
10 Route 666 - Ring to Ring of Fire Glenn Pace
11 Make it up as you go Eileen Bistrisky
12 Vida Caliente Vida Morkunas
13 Gassy Jack Steve Deller / Osler
14 Holy Smoke Rick Arikado
15 ? Paul Cubbon


Chili Judging:

The list is long. Our apologies if we overlooked you. Thank you Pat Barry, Michele Sherstan, Mudrunner and Ms Mud, RunRik, Paul and Joan Cubbon, Steve Deller, Lisa Osler, Vida Morkunas, Sibylle Tinsel, Ean Jackson, Eileen Bistrisky, Kathy and Stewart Wolverton, Ken and Heidi McLeod, Steven and Sheila Threndyle, Sal and Daniella Bugliarisi, Stewart and Jess Marshall, Judy Wannamaker, Hanna Latkowski, Colin and Kirsten Freeland, Gary Robbins, Al Harman, Ryan Melcher, John and Linda Machray, Patricia and David Jensen, Desmond Mott, Ethelyn David, Craig Moore, Ryota Inoue, Gabi Kwan, Melissa Crosby, Jon Husband, John Machray and Jill Warland.


Place Chili # Total
1 6 8.5 8   9 8   9   8 8 10   8 10 9 4 6 5 110.5 7.89
2 12                         7 9 10 8   5 39 7.8
3 2 8 8   7.5 8 10 5   9 9 10 6.5   7   7 8 5 108 7.71
4 10   7   8 8   8   9 8 8 7   8 9 5 9 5 99 7.62
5 8   9 8 7.5 7 9 6 8 7 7 6 8.5   6   9   8 106 7.57
6 1 7 9   7 7 8 10   5 3 8 7   10 8 10 8 5 111.5 7.43
7 11   6   10 7   8   8 4 8 9 9 6   10 7 5 96.5 7.42
8 7 6 6   6.5 7 7 7   9 3 8 8   5 8 8 10 10 108.5 7.23
9 9   5   8.5 7   8   7 7 8 6   8   9   5 78.5 7.14
10 3 6.5   7 7.5 7   8 8 9 8 7 7.5   4   5   8 92.5 7.08
11 5 7.5 7   9.5 7   6   10 5 5 9   6   8   5 84.5 7.04
13 4 7 6 8 6.5 7   5 6 7 3 9 8 7 5   7   7 98.5 6.57
12 13*                         8 6       5 19 6.3
14 14*                                   5 5 5
15*                                   5 5 5

(*Note: some of the later entrants were not tested by a large number of guests, so they may not have been allocated the points they might otherwise have earned.)

We will attempt to list all recipes here (please email to the hosts):

# 1 - Jackson's Snakebite Texas Chili Con Carne

Chili con Carne means "chili with meat" en Espanol. No beans in this chili, ladies and gentlemen! Unfortunately, the rattlesnake I'd planned to surprise you with was turned around at the border for some reason. Warning, not for children or the faint of heart unless accompanied by a liter of cool Russell Cream Ale.

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 kilo boneless beef chuck roast cut into cubes
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 3-4 beer bottles of water
  • 3 tablespoons of masa harina (cornmeal will do in a pinch)
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh ground pepper
  • 2 small cans of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 250 ml of salsa verde (I use homemade, but substitue a can in a pinch)
  • sour cream
  • 500 ml Russell Cream Ale (substitute bottled dark ale in a pinch)
  • 1 shot of tequila
  • 2 fresh habanero peppers, chopped fine (Texans would add a handful more, but even this many will cause most Canadians to faint)

1. Heat 1/2 the oil in your pot over medium heat until hot; brown beef in batches then remove from heat and put in a bowl. Throw in your chili powder and mix with the meat.

2. Heat the rest of the oil in same pot over medium heat until hot; add garlic, onions and saute. Add the beef and rest of the ingredients. Pour in your beer and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1.5 - 2 hours or until beef is fork-tender.

3. Stir in masa harina and return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with sour cream and a plastic rattlesnake if you can't find the real thing.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Sources: A variety of internet websites as well as having lived in Mexico and Texas, where folks take their chili very seriously.

# 2 - Chocolate Lover's Delight

This is a German recipe that claims Mexican ancestry and has been modified to include chocolate, coffee and beer. Nothing Texan about it. Beans and ground beef all the way. Smooth taste with a nice afterglow.

  • 1000g lean ground beef
  • 1 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 3 chopped onions
  • 1 bulb garlic minced
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 4 fresh diced tomatoes
  • ground cayenne pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin to taste
  • 2 tsp (or more)
  • ground chili powder
  • 2 tblsp dried oregano
  • 8 fresh chopped hot jalapeno or Thai peppers
  • 2 tblsp dark cocoa powder
  • 50g dark chocolate
  • 500ml malt beer or dark ale
  • 1 can of rinsed kidney beans

Sautee onions and garlic in the oil. Add ground meat and spices and brown. Add tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes and beer. Simmer for 3 hours (or more). Add kidney beans, simmer some more. Add beer to adjust thickness if needed. Add more spices to taste. Serve with Sibylle's special cornbread or rice.

Very loosely adapted from: Sinn fuer gute Kueche, Band 1, by Christine Bittermann

# 6 - Stew's Kick Ass Brick Chili

Like most stews, it's even better the next day. So do yourself a favour. Make it yesterday.

  • 6 slices uncooked hickory-smoked thick bacon, cut into cubes
  • 2 large yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, if needed
  • 5 pounds lean beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 x 28oz can whole tomatoes
  • 21/2 cups canned beef broth
  • quarter cup ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  1. In large skillet, fry bacon over medium heat for 5-6 minutes, until crisp, stirring periodically. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a large stockpot.
  2. Add onions to the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook until onions begin to wilt and turn translucent (about 5 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to the stockpot.
  3. Add vegetable oil to the skillet if needed (if there is sufficient bacon fat remaining for browning beef chuck). Sauté beef, a few cubes at a time, until just browned on all sides. As meat is browned, place in stockpot.
  4. Add tomatoes and their juice to the stockpot. Crush tomatoes slightly with the side of a spoon. Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  5. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Skim off any foam or fat that rises to the top. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 3 hours, until meat is very tender and sauce is thick.
  6. Serve in deep soup bowls, along with saltines.

6-8 servings

Source: The Northern Exposure Cookbook, Ellis Weiner, Contemporary Books, 1993, ISBN 0-8092-3760-1

p.s. we would have been happier with more spice, but it gave a nice glow!

#8 - Valley Veggie Chili

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chile peppers, drained
  • 2 (12 ounce) packages vegetarian burger crumbles
  • 3 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
  • Extra Special Secret Ingredients added to taste:

    • Paprika
    • Chipotle Sauce
    • Chocolate or cocoa powder
    • Honey
    • Maple Syrup
    • Vanilla
    • Cinnamon
    • More garlic
    • Love
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and season with bay leaves, cumin, oregano, and salt. Cook and stir until onion is tender, then mix in the celery, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, and green chile peppers. When vegetables are heated through, mix in the vegetarian burger crumbles. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 5 minutes.

  2. Mix the tomatoes into the pot. Season chili with chili powder and pepper. Stir in the kidney beans, garbanzo beans, and black beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn, and continue cooking 5 minutes before serving.

# 12 - Vida Caliente

Oh what a fun party last night!!! Here is the recipe to the chili I brought. It's from a recipe book I created (notebook) from clipping out recipes from magazines. This is vintage 1988, and I think it's fromGourmet. Those were the days :)


  • 2 yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic head (with all its little cloves) shredded fine
  • 3 pounds of boneless beef chuck, lean-lean
  • 1/4 c. chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1.5 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1.5 Tablespoons dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 19 oz can of red kidney beans - drained and rinsed
  • 3 green bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


In a kettle, cook the onion and the garlic in the oil, covered, over
moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until it is softened.

Add the beef - cook it over the heat, stirring and breaking up the lumps,
over 10 minutes, until the beef is no longer pink.

Add the chili powder, the cumin, the cocoa powder, the paprika, the oregano,
the red pepper flakes and the bay leaves and cook the mixture, stirring, for
about a minute

Add the tomato sauce, the broth and the vinegar, bring the mixture to a boil
and simmer it, covered, stirring occasionally for about an hour

Add the kidney beans, the bell peppers, and the salt and black pepper to
taste, and simmer the mixture, uncovered, for 4 hours, on minimum heat.

Discard the bay leaf.

Pour the chili into Gladware, let cool, place in fridge, let sit for a day
before serving. Add more water if necessary when reheating the chili.

**bonus ingredients**

I used about 4Tbsp of cocoa powder, not 1.5
I threw 1 jalapeno pepper and 1 serrano pepper (seeded) into the food
processor, together with the garlic cloves. Mucho caliente !!
Two hours into the simmer, the chili needed some liquid enhancement. I
poured in half a litre of French Rabbit (red wine) I found lurking in the
back of the fridge

#14 Wholey Smoke Chili

Thanks for the great evening! Sorry to have showed up so late, I should have dropped off my chili entry the day before to get into all the judge's tummys. Here's the recipe, more or less, there may or may not have been a secret spice ingredient added to the following:

  • 6 dried Ancho chilis
  • 6 dried red New Mexican chilis
  • 2 dried Chipotle chilis
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 tin red pimentos, drained (2 large whole pimento peppers)
  • 2lbs boneless beef short ribs, cut in 1/4" cubes
  • 1 lb boneless lean pork chops, cut in 1/4" cubes
  • 2 medium cooking onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium beef broth powder
  • ground Chipotle powder
  • ground Cayenne powder

Remove all stems and seeds from dried chilis. Place in bowl or flat cake pan, pour boiling water over, cover to soak. Let stand for 15 minutes. After chilis have softened, puree with pimentos and soaking water in blender or food processor.

Sauté the meat until browned. Add onions and garlic, cook for 10 more minutes, stirring constantly.

Stir in cumin, oregano, honey, tomato sauce and beef broth powder and simmer for 1/2 hour.

Add the pureed chili paste and simmer another 1/2 hour.

Taste, adjust smoke flavour and/or heat by adding Chipotle powder (smokey heat) or Cayenne powder (heat)

Continue to simmer uncovered until correct chili thickness is achieved. Add water or beer from cook's ever present mug if thinning is required.



Ean Jackson's picture

All Canadians are Wusses

OK, OK... I'm a Canadian, too... but I also have Texan heritage, if you agree that working for an Austin-based company, going to grad school in Dallas and living in Houston for a year qualifies.

I respectfully submit that my Snakebite Chili Con Carne would have been laughed out of any "real" chili cookoff in the Lone Star state becausue it was so mild. Yet it caused several judges to quaff a liter of Russell Cream Ale in one gulp and run for the bathroom.

True, I did put a handful of homegrown habaneros into the cookpot, but they were grown in North Vancouver, Canada for God's sake and probably don't even rate a 200,000 on the Scoville Scale.

I'm not slagging the competition (what do Brits and Germans know about chili?) but I want a rematch.



This is the name of the bar/diner in Cicely, Alaska - the town which was subject of my favourite TV series, Northern Exposure. The Chili is from the Northern Exposure Cookbook with a few secret changes! Cicely is in actual fact Roslyn in Washington State which is a must visit if you are a fan. The Brick is there as well and I've eaten there (not chili though!). Stewart --- Stewart Marshall http://www.stewart-marshall.com http://www.moosehat.com
Sibylle's picture

Thanks for the explanation,

Thanks for the explanation, Stewart.  Congrats on winning the first ever Club Fat Ass chili cook off. We had so much fun, we may just do this again sometime next year. EJ Powderhound didn't get to try your chili (he kept it safe with Ean's and mine as he knew the spice in them), but asked me the next morning if he could try the winner... I knew I should have siffoned off a bit ;-)
Ryan Conroy's picture

Sorry (for myself) I missed out

My common sense somehow won the battle as I was about to head out the door at 9:00 - I had to be up for work at 5:00. Hope you had a great birthday bash Ean. Sounds like I missed a lot of good times, chili, fixin's and beer.

Thanks Everyone !!!

I'd like to thank my wife, Jessica, my Mum and Dad, my close friends ........... Seriously, thanks everyone who voted! Not bad for a first ever chili! there were some seriously good contenders I enjoyed tasting them all! Thanks also to Ean & Sibylle for hosting and once again Happy Birthday Ean!! --- Stewart http://www.moosehat.com

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