This is a great curry for using up your Sunday dinner beef roast. All of the ingredients are easily found in the supermarket but can also be purchased at good Asian markets. If you are serving chilli con carne delia curry to friends, you can make it the day before and then warm it up again at the last minute. In fact, the taste improves with time.
While thumbing through my magazines and cookbooks looking for chicken recipes, I noticed there were quite a few that had salsa, or a spicy sauce spooned over top of the dish. If it tasted good on top, then it stood to reason that it would taste good underneath and in the middle too. Chicken after all is a totally blank slate. It can taste like whatever you cook it with which makes it chilli con carne the perfect medium.
You could use a theme for the custom cookbook. It could be a book of breakfast recipes or a book of dessert recipes. You could make it a style of cooking, say a book of barbecue recipes or slow cooker recipes. There are a lot of Asian recipes out there so it could be based on that type of theme as well.
When it comes to preserves, Mr Vikki's, a local producer in Cumbria, is the specialist. Its mildest products are the mango or apricot chutney (out of this world!), Hot Gooseberry (oddly works really well with beef), Chilli Jam (chunky and tasty!) or Tomato & Nigella (great with cheese!).
Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes (16 oz, 5 qt, 6 qt, etc.), are very affordable, and are either round or oval shaped. Some cooks might like to have more than one cooker for preparing different sizes of meals. The 16 oz slow cooker could be used for dips or salsa, while a 6 qt would be used to prepare a roast and vegetables for dinner. After dinner is over, you can save the leftover roast and fix roast beef sandwiches for a quick dinner later in the week. You also can buy less expensive cuts of meat, cook them in the chilli con carne slow cooker cooker and they come out tasting as good as the more expensive cuts.