Category Archives: Black bean recipe

One hour back

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A wet, grey, humid day spent mostly on buses back and forth across Tangleton; vegetables from Tesco, and two new pairs of jeans from the giant Asda store, as my summer ones, cropped to mid-calf, are being rapidly superseded by the season.  Tonight the clocks go back, and we gain an hour’s extra sleep; poor reward for the months of darkness that will follow.

But autumn isn’t all doom and gloom.  “Strictly Come Dancing” is upon us, as is Halloween with its cheap plastic thrills and pretend horror.  I and my sister have carefully procured the tackiest corpse bride puppets, fake pumpkins and plastic skeletal hands that Poundland can provide, to decorate Mum’s grave up at the Tangleton Crematorium*

Another benefit of the season is the vegetables; potatoes, swedes, parsnips, leeks, savoy cabbages, sweetheart cabbages and other tough leaves of the soil, that can be roasted, stir fried or stewed into delicious green submission.  Today I picked up a bag of kale for a very moreish, pleasantly spicy black-eyed bean stew (the leftover leaves go to my nephew’s guinea pigs, the little furry eating machines that they are).

Original recipe to be found here.  I’d not heard of Anna Jones before, and nicely-spoken young ladies releasing nicely-spoken recipe books full of nicely-spoken organic, free-range, quinoa-esque recipes, are kind of ten a penny these days.  However, this is a bit of a winner of a stew……

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/19/eight-new-vegetarian-recipes-anna-jones

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*This was her dying wish. No, seriously.  She wanted her (otherwise tasteful and understated) grave decorated at Halloween and Xmas. The tackier and more tasteless the better.

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Brick Red

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Confined to Barracks at least means I can take a few minutes to do some minor chores, which includes checking out the freezer compartment of the fridge and seeing if there’s anything that needs dumping/using up.  I found a couple of packets of pre-soaked and boiled black beans and decided to have a go at this potato, black bean and paprika stew….

Original here: http://outoftheordinaryfood.com/2013/05/17/soba-noodles-with-potatoes-black-beans-and-spinach-in-red-pepper-sauce/

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Sweet potato, carrot and blackbean koftas

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Tripped over a roasted butternut & black-bean kofta recipe on http://www.outoftheordinaryfood.com. As I soaked and boiled a barrelful of black beans to make the chilli in the last recipe, I thought I’d set aside a couple of handfuls for this. With pitta bread, salad and low-fat mayo they’ll make an excellent packed lunch for the next couple of days. Assuming I don’t snaffle them all once they’re out of the oven….

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Chocolate chilli

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There may be a flurry of posts today (all hands brace for impact!), as I’m having a bit of a cook-a-thon. After that it might be radio silence for a bit, as the information from doctors is that my mother’s cancer has reoccurred and now spread to her liver, and as such my focus may be elsewhere.

In the meantime I would like to introduce you to some new members of the family; joining Spike the Lucky Bamboo plant and Steve the basil plant, are these charming young Cayenne pepper seedlings. I found a box of seeds for 99p in the 99p Shop (naturally) and although the packet was a year out of date, and the peppers normally need to be planted between February and June, I like a challenge. So does the cayenne pepper plant it seems, and I now have four healthy seedlings that I transferred to their own pots yesterday.

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I’d also like to introduce you to another Jack Monroe recipe, this time for bean chilli with dark chocolate, a smooth, tasty and somewhat luxurious take on yer bog-standard chilli con carne…

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Fun Fun Fun, in the Sun Sun Sun

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Been watching the rebooted series of Red Dwarf*, Red Dwarf X.  After the last ill-fated Blade-Runneresque reboot ofwhichwewillnotspeakandwhichwewillpretendnever-happened, this one is proving to be nearly up to the standard of the original classic series. Plus still the best theme tune since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy unleashed its banjo on the world – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVxFwH39FDs&feature=related

Been doing my usual Sunday afternoon cook-up; mustard and honey-marinated tofu for snacks at work, refried black beans for a wholemeal tortilla mexican wrap for lunch at work, and aduki-bean casserole so when I crawl back in from work wanting to throttle someone, anyone, at least I don’t have to do anything more taxing than sticking a dollop of it onto a plate and into the microwave.

Aduki Bean Casserole

In the interests of displacement activity

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Refried black bean wraps.

Soak and then thoroughly cook dried black beans (or, more simply, get them out of a can if anyone sells them near you).  Then mash thoroughly with a potato masher (good exercise) or food processor (cheat!).

You want these ones: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004RAOUUU/?tag=hydra0b-21&hvadid=9556681509&ref=asc_df_B004RAOUUU  although experiments with a mixture of kidney beans and black-eye beans show some promise as well.

Heat oil in wok or saucepan, add couple cloves garlic, then add cumin and paprika (be generous with the paprika).  Then add the bean mash and fry.  The mash can be dry so you may wish to add a little butter/margarine to help the process.

Grate handful cheddar cheese, add to the mix and mix well.  Take off the heat and leave to cool.

Take flour tortilla, add a dash of butter or mayo, a layer of the bean spread, and sprinkle with salad (my chosen is tomato, cucumber, red onion and carrot diced fine). Roll the tortilla and its contents into the usual wrap shape.

Eat.