Beans ‘r’ us

Today is bean day, we like beans in this house, there are jars of dried beans of all kinds, the choice for today was Black Turtle Beans and Pinto.

Once they’ve soaked overnight, Chris valiantly takes responsibility for the boiling and simmering stage, he only does this because he gets to test the beans to make sure they’re cooked, needless to say extra beans have to be added at the soaking stage for this mini feast to take place, sorry testing process.

Then it’s my turn to step up to the hot plate with my trusty and ancient Le Creuset saucepan. I melt a generous knob of butter, Chris drains the beans and chucks adds them to the pan, after a few minutes I add a couple of teaspoons of Fajita seasoning, today it was Beef flavour, suitable for vegetarians I hasten to add. Then a tin of chopped tomatoes is stirred through. After a few minutes of cooking, the beans are set aside until the evening meal for the flavours to develop. This is a critical moment, Chris spends a lot of time in the kitchen allegedly ‘guarding’ the beans, I suspect he continues with his testing.

At dinner time, while the beans are warmed through, I cook some plain rice, that is then added to the bean mix and given a good stir through. Then the bean and rice mix is piled into dishes…large portion for Chris, small portion for me…grated cheese is sprinkled on the top…then nommed!

I’m hungry now, is it dinner time yet?!


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