Saturday, September 10, 2011

Haiti - Black beans and rice

I'm looking forward to making this dish because I'm usually wary of using dried beans to cook with. They seem time consuming with their need to be soaked for hours. I've only had black beans in chinese food so I'm not sure of their individual flavour. I love how glossy and black they look!
  • 2 cups of black turtle beans
  • 2 cups of basmati ricet
  • 1 onion
  • garlic powder
  • cloves
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • parsley
Boil the beans in 6 cups of water for two minutes then leave them for 1 1/2 hours to soak. Set them aside.
Saute the chopped onion in some oil.
Stir in the beans. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, crushed cloves and black pepper. Stir again.
Add 5 more cups of cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for an hour and then add the rice. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the rice is cooked and then serve with some chopped parsley on top.
It was really delicious. I enjoyed how shiny black the beans looked after they'd been soaked. The whole dish was spicy and tasty. I had to substitute microwave rice for regular basmati after a shopping mix up but it still came out great. I'll definitely be looking out for more recipes for black beans! Soaking the beans does seem like a hassle when you want to make a quick meal but it can easily be done with a bit of planning. Hurrah for black beans ^_^

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ireland - Colcannon Patties

I've never tried colcannon but it's main ingredient is mashed potato so I'm guessing I'll love it! I've also never tried kale. I've read it's one of those super-foods with all kinds of health benefits. In fact Dr Joel Furhman says it's the most nutritious vegetable in the world. Gosh, impressive :p

Ingredients:

* Kale
* Potatoes
* Milk
* Salt and pepper
* Onion
* Oil
* Butter



First peel and chop up your potatoes. (I expect you'll use some nice fluffy good for mashing potatoes and not some unused new potatoes I've had lurking around for a while). Put them in a pan with boiling water and a pinch of salt and cook until soft.



While the potato is cooking, chop up the onion and caramalize it in a knob (snigger) of butter.



When the potato is cooked, remove from the water and place in a bowl. Chop up the kale (which smells foul by the way) and add to the potato water. Cook for about 5 minutes.



Add two tablespoons of milk, salt and pepper to the potato and mash it to within an inch of it's life.



Add the kale and onions.



Mix it all together. Ta-da, you've got some colcannon! (Very delicious just as it is, I had a small taste for science >.>)



Heat some oil in a pan and fry small patties of the colcannon until browned and crispy on the outside. Drain on some kitchen paper.



Place in a bowl and eat.



They're very good with some tomato sauce!



Mmm, these tasted way more delicious than they look. The caramelized onion in the mashed potato was especially good. I enjoyed the kale too, it was slightly crispy where it'd been fried and nicely chewy otherwise. I'll try eating it some different ways too after this and feel smug about how healthy I am. Very nice ^_^