Refried Black Beans

•April 14, 2009 • 2 Comments

There are certain things I miss greatly from the US. Refried beans and lovely Mexican food is one of them. Anticipating this I bought an authentic Mexican cookbook. Since movig here I have introduced my hubby to some mexican food, including refried bean burritos. Normally I make them with Pinto Beans, but we buy Black Beans too. Now I cheat considerably ’cause I use tinned beans instead of fresh dried ones. It makes this a world easier to do and I don’t have to think a day in advance if I want refried beans.

The ingredients are very simple; just beans, garlic and onion.

One other thing that I think makes a major difference to the taste is what I cook it in. You can use normal veg oil, but I opt instead for Pork Lard. I don’t use tons, about 2 tablespoons. In the end it really makes a difference to the taste and is worth doing.

The end result are wonderful lovely refried beans. Instead of sour cream we always use Greek Yogurt. It tastes much nicer and is a lot better for me than sour cream. That’s Red Leiceter cheese you see in there and some lovely chipped green chillies.  And of course working for over 2 years in a Mexican restaurant means I can fold a burrito perfectly.

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Pork Chops and Creamed Kale and Purple Broccoli

•April 13, 2009 • 1 Comment

I live in a small village in Southern England. The place looks like it fell off a postcard. No, seriously, it really does. In the vilage we have a little shop. I’ve very thankful for our little shop for it has many needed things that you’d normally find in a little shop. Through the shop we can also order meat from a local supplier who of course in turn gets all the meat from local farmers. We of course buy almost all of our meat through the village shop an thus through him. Every month we buy several trays of pork chops, without fail, and pork sausages if we’re out. The price is right, Mister Supplier Man loves us and the pork is locally sourced so we’re talking sexxy meat here.

Also every month we get a veg box delivered. It’s always this wonderful mix of fresh veg. In this month’s box we got some kale and some purple sprouting broccoli.

So I fried the pork chops with a bit of Cornish salt and some black pepper.

Once the chops were done I wilted the kale and purple broccoli in the drippings of the meat with a little water. To make them a little more intresting I decided to cream them. Of course I have no cream in my house as usualy, so instead I mixed a splash of milk in with some greek yogurt and stirred that into the wilted veg.  The end result was some wonderfully creamed wilted veg and the most heavenly pork chops.

Talking about Food

•April 10, 2009 • 2 Comments

I love food. No, really, I do. For years I’ve been photo blogging the food I make and eat, so on a whim of a suggestion from a friend, here I am. I probably should’ve done this a long time ago, but oh well. I’m here now.

It’s very likely I’ll share recipes, but not always. Mostly I’ll probably just talk about my adventures in food.