The Quarantine Chef Series: “Apoca-Chili”

The Quarantine Chef Series: “Apoca-Chili”

Walking through the aisles of our local grocery stores in the past couple of days, I couldn’t help but notice and cringe at all those shopping carts filled with frozen pizzas, microwave dinners and canned soups. C’mon people, just because the world is facing a pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t have delicious home-cooked meals! Sure we can survive off of powdered chicken noodle soup but we aren’t facing a zombie breakout just yet. And to fight this nasty virus, we will need our body functioning at optimal health.

After we got home from our little shopping adventure and having survived the endless line-ups, Don and I came up with the idea to share easy but delicious recipes with our fellow self-isolators to hopefully make their lives a little better. Think of it as a quick and easy dinner guide to help you navigate all the cans you may have hoarded on your own recent shopping spree.

As a first recipe to share, I thought of chili because what’s easier right now than finding canned beans and tomato sauce? Definitely not toilet paper! So without further ado, because I’m pretty sure the last thing you want to do is read my rants during these trying times, I present you with our Apoca-Chili recipe. Why Apoca-Chili you ask? Because the grocery stores look like we are on the verge of an apocalypse!

Apoca-Chili Recipe


4 Cans Beans | 1 Can Chickpeas | 1 Can Diced Tomatoes | 1 Yellow Onion | 1 Carrot | 3 Celery Sticks | 4 Garlic Cloves | A Bunch of Fresh Cilantro | 1 tbsp Cumin | ½ tsp Coriander | ½ tsp Paprika | 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper | 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder (our Rebel ingredient)*

Okay! I will admit that when I am stuck at home and feel some oncoming cabin fever, the last thing I want is to spend hours cooking. So I’ll make this pretty simple for you. Chop all your veggies, throw them in a pot with some olive oil and saute them. Add the spices, beans, chickpeas, canned tomatoes and sprinkle the cocoa powder. DO NOT omit the cocoa powder, it is what makes this chili one epic Apoca-chili. Mix them all together, bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Constantly stir the pot to avoid the bottom from burning. Once it’s ready, add some salt and enjoy a bowl with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt. We hope you enjoy our little dramatic video with a special cameo of the ever-elusive TP!

Keep your eyes on our blog because we will be sharing more quick and easy, delicious recipes in our new series, The Quarantine Chef. Stay safe, eat well and don’t forget to wash your hands!



Is it 1pm yet? Starting on March 17th, from Monday to Friday at 1pm, we will be offering live virtual cooking classes on our Facebook page. Chef Rawan will show you how to make homemade bread, stews, soups and more and will be there to answer your questions and take suggestions for future recipe ideas. Join in on our 

Consider donating to help support our small business if you can. If you live in the Ottawa/Gatineau area, you can also purchase a gift certificate and we will schedule a cooking class when the public health officials deem it safe to do so.

Sending you all a virtual high five!

Don & Rawan

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