Jan. 29, 2012 10:48 pm
Updated: Feb. 21, 2012 10:28 am
As I sat here, the midnight hour approaching, I got to thinking about my next soup, Navy Bean. Despite making a note on my "list," the page number didn't correspond to the book I thought my chosen recipe was in... I had no sooner grabbed the "other"
Better Homes and Gardens, when I heard the low rumble of an engine outside, and sirens in the distance... I often hear a car idling outside so I didn't think much of it.
It had been a gloriously warm day, I'd had windows open and the like. I'd played in the dirt, re-potting a couple of houseplants, and putting in some seeds (to see if they'll germinate after being rained on...) Perhaps it was just my imagination... that COULDN'T
be woodsmoke that I was smelling... Surely, my mind was playing tricks on me since I was envisioning a big pot of beans cooking over a wood fire!
I arose to go put beans on to soak, as a paramedics vehicle pulled up, directly outside our rear car gate! My trip to the kitchen took a fast detour, as I reached to open a window. Indeed, it was woodsmoke! The home due E across the alley appeared to have
smoke billowing from the northern windows, while the parmamedics sat, and the fire truck ahead of it hummed and rumbled in the quiet of the night.
After unlocking the back door, I carefully paced across the back yard, to a vantage point closer to the car gate where we have a "step" tall enough to see over the block wall, but the lights of the paramedic vehicle blinded me, flashing blue and red... the
best view I could get was from closer to the back door, rather than across the yard at the gate. As there was little to actually see, my interest was soon lost... Since the paramedics left some minutes ago, lacking lights and sirens, I presumed that no one
was injured, thankfully.
Curiosity sated, I did indeed put some beans on to soak when I returned to the house, though I continued to watch out the windows in front of me. The final truck just left as I've been typing this little tale!
The recipe I plan on using tomorrow is quite simple, beans, a ham bone, onion... I'm lacking a ham bone (and if you recall didn't have a ham hock when I thought I'd thawed one out!) so I think I'll put a few rashers of bacon in the mix... that fat should be
enough to flavor a small batch of beans. I may also dress them up a tad with some diced carrot, but time alone will tell on that one. Surprisingly, the only seasonings called for are salt, peppercorns, and a bay leaf! The last time I made this recipe, I
really enjoyed them, but then, I do really LIKE beans! My buddy Rose taught me years ago to add a T of epsom salts to the soaking water, but then I also recently read here at AR to add a pinch of baking soda - either of which helps remove the "gas" from the
finished product, without altering the flavor.
My plan is, to have "beans" ready come dinner time tomorrow, though as I have no idea just what dinner will be, they may be set aside for another time. So, there you have my weekend in a nutshell, with one exception... Saturday, I made what I can best describe
as a "rotten banana pie." The poor thing should have been turned into bread, but once sliced/mushed onto a graham cracker crust, and topped with instant vanilla pudding, it's made a wonderful snack to follow the evening meal!
Till next time, when I report on N for Navy beans, be well, be happy, cook crazy!