I used to hate cooking with dried beans. It took foresight to make them. I would have to soak them the night before and what not. Well, in the new frugal economy, I made them because they are SO CHEAP.
This is what I did tonight
Minjenah's Black Beans
Eight ounces of black beans, soaked in water overnight, DO NOT DRAIN
2 stalks of celery, chopped to about the size of the soaked bean 3 carrots, chopped to about the size of the soaked bean Three cloves of garlic, smashed Oregano, Fresh 20 leaves (Herb Gardens rock!) Olive oil
Take the olive oil and put some in a pot. I used my five quart pot. Add the celery and carrots (I normally use onions too but we had no onions and WE MAKE DO IN THIS ECONOMY)and garlic. Brown until it is fragrant (ten minutes).
In the meantime, mix the chicken base with the soaked beans. Chicken base is a cheater item. I use it to add a salty oomph to foods that would taste weird with soy sauce. It will not dissolve completely but you tried. Add the bean mixture to the browned veggies.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for a while. I let it simmer all afternoon. The beans should be soft but not mush. Right before you serve it, taste it to see if it needs salt and pepper. It will probably not need too much salt since you used the chicken base but I like a lot of pepper. Then add cilantro stems. Stir in quickly and serve with rice. Put a wedge of lime on the side. I also added some sour cream because I really like dairy.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
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