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Hidden depths

July 5, 2012

I don’t like baked beans. I think they are too sweet and too salty(I know you can get reduced salt and sugar varieties, but you have to be careful that the low sugar ones don’t have artificial sweetener in them which is an abomination) and at the same time strangely tasteless.

I understand that baked beans are OK if you’re camping and there’s nothing else, and they’re OK on a baked potato, but they need a hot chilli sauce (or curry powder) and cheese too. And it needs to be bonfire night.

So I was a little upset to realise that the tin I’d opened this evening was baked beans and not kidney beans (I’m not all that sure about kidney beans either – bit overrated, and if you are cooking them yourself, as opposed to buying a tin, and you don’t cook them right, they’ll poison you;this isn’t a great advert for a food stuff. But I digress). I don’t know how that particular mistake happened, but the tin was open and I had to deal with it. The beloved was off having a fun time with Grannie, again, and Rella wasn’t eating so it was just me and Arlo. He’d have been happy with beans on toast, but he’s a kid.

In order to make the baked beans palatable you have to add lots of things.

I fried up a chopped spring onion, a chopped clove of garlic, 4 chopped mushrooms, a sliced courgette, three sliced tomatoes, quite a lot of smoked paprika and some finely chopped parsley. Then I added about a cup full of  leftover cooked basmati rice and a splash of soy sauce. When the rice was cooked through I added the beans,  put a rather small pizza in the oven and washed the slugs off an oak leaf lettuce the beloved had picked for me.

It made a nice meal and the beans offered a hint of a pleasant underlying depth to the dish – in other words you couldn’t tell they were there.

And this evening the sun came out.

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