Bean Feast

beans

Today we’re having a Bean Feast, it’s one of our favourite dishes and so simple to make that I thought I’d share the recipe. The Waffle Towers larder has a large selection of beans, such as haricot, black-eyed, pinto, chick peas (are they beans?!), today we’re having chick peas and black-eyed beans. You will also need a pack of spice mix, (Bloke chose Old El Paso Roasted Tomato and Pepper), a tin of chopped tomatoes and a knob of butter.

Melt the butter in a casserole pot, ours is a rather heavy cast iron enamel (like this one but in volcanic orange), known affectionately as Magic Pot 🙂 , drain the beans and add to the casserole, stir to coat, then add 2 teaspoons of spice mix, or to taste. Give it a good stir to coat the beans, then add the tin of tomatoes with a splash of water to rinse the tin out. Bring almost to the boil, then put the lid on, take off the hob, and leave for the rest of the day. Oh did I mention it’s best to make this first thing in the morning? Well it is, because then the flavours develop, I call it percolating, but I’m not sure that’s the right word!

In the evening, at nomming time, put the beans on to warm through. Cook some plain long grain rice, about 6oz, I do ours in the microwave, doesn’t take too long. Then drain and rinse the rice and add to the beans. Grate some cheese, this is Bloke’s job, he likes to feel useful, bless!

Then serve the beans and rice mix with cheese sprinkled on the top and NOM! Enjoy 😀

 

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Every pigture tells a story

Oh dear. To paraphrase a popular saying, it’s all gone a bit pig tong 🙂

Shana’s fault, as per. I’ll just buy a pair of these Oink Oink pig tongs, she thinks. Chris’ll find them amusing, she thinks.

And Chris does indeed find them amusing. Then he goes and finds them useful as well, specially for extracting muffins from toaster without risk of touching hot metal.

So then Shana goes and buys a pig timer and a pig whisk, just to keep the other kitchen pigs happy (and so we can time our hardboiled eggs to perfection, of course.

Shana was looking at pig teapots online earlier. This is where I put my foot down, I think.

They are quite cute though. Wonder how well they pour…