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Feijoada is the Brazilian national dish, a richer mixture of meats, black beans and lots of flavour. There are as many recipes as cookers, but always with the black beans as the main character... and here is my version: the way I like it on my table on Saturdays! Enjoy this dish, that is the culinary translation of Brazilians rich mixture of cultures, colours and flavours!
This vision of sweet, soft green loveliness comes from reading one of my absolute favourite all time American cookbooks: The Taste of Country Cooking, by the prolific Edna Green. What strikes me again and again when I leaf through the evocative gustatory scenes and recipes described in this book is the incredible ability of Ms. Green to not only provide the reader a recipe, but a vivid depiction of the seasons of life and food and community in Freetown, Virginia (founded after the Civil War by freed slaves, including her grandfather). If you haven’t read or tried the recipes from this incredible cookbook in the Virginia region of the American south, I strongly encourage you to get your hands on this as soon as possible. It is full of the most beautiful prose and recipes. A masterpiece. I understand the importance of beans (including the baby Lima!) to the history of food and diaspora in American, and Canadian history. We owe a lot to these wonderfully filling protein bundles, from filling our tummies whether in refried, smothered, baked, buttered, raw, creamed, in brownies, in cakes, in muffins.....and in other ways as the weight in our prebaked pie crusted to the subject of many elementary science or counting activities.....the list goes on.....! This recipe is just one part of the amazing Christmas Dinner section of my copy of The Taste of Country Cooking on page 217. Try it today! My god, Lima beans are taken to a whole new, rich and heavenly place. Delicious.
I grew up in England and moved to the USA 12 years ago, one of the things I miss the most is this simple British staple of Heinz baked beans on toast. My mum would make it for me with toasted thick white bread, a generous spread of rich butter and smothered in Heinz hot baked beans, them she would grate sharp cheddar cheese on top and a little black pepper. Comfort food at its best. No matter where in the World I travel, it always feels like I’m home when I make this simple warming dish. It should be noted, they don’t sell Heinz brand baked beans in stores in the USA, so my friends know to bring me a can from the UK when they visit!
Channa is a traditional Guyanese dish using the humble and familiar chick pea or garbanzo bean. This dish hails from the Indian influence in the Guyanese culture and was a recipe passed from my great grandmother, to my grandmother and then from my mother to me. We always say, if you're going to eat channa, make sure everyone else in the room is as well. That way you can to ensure you're not the only one experiencing it's pleasurable flavour and also its familiar legume side effect - bad gas!
Making cookies around the holidays is a tradition in my family. The variety of colors, shapes and textures makes cookies the perfect subject for an illustration. I have tried a few of the recipes below but would like to try more in the future!