Wednesday, March 21, 2012

more black beans

Everything I dyed with black beans last week has been hand-washed with baby shampoo. And everything seems to be colorfast, I didn't notice any color in the rinse water. I don't know yet if it'll hold up to sunlight. It is such a pleasure to knit with yarn that I've dyed myself. I can only imagine how satisfying it is to spin the yarn you knit, as well. I'm still on the lookout for a beginning spinning class.

I froze the black beans after their two-day soak. They had sprouted by then and that was a good thing. In traditional cooking, nuts, grains and seeds are soaked for a day or two to reduce the nutritional inhibitors they naturally contain. Our ancestors somehow knew to do this but I rarely plan for this step. It's a big deal if I do.


To celebrate the first day of spring, besides my glass of wine, the first cutting of spinach from the cold-frame was made into salad and some of the frozen black beans went into creamy, cheesy soup. It looked sort of black and white for the equinox. This soup is really good, based on a recipe from the Chinaberry Cookbook (again), called Chile Blanco. The recipe below is how I make it now. And my Cupcake wine doubled as dessert, I guess.

I hope you're enjoying the new season!


Chile Blanco

Saute 2 chopped onions and 6 cloves of garlic in olive oil. After a few minutes, add 4 cups of uncooked chicken breast cubes. After a few more minutes, season with 2 1/2 t. cumin, 2 t. oregano, 1 t. cayenne pepper and 8 oz. diced green chiles. Then add 6 cups chicken broth and 2-3 cups cooked beans of your choice. Simmer 30 minutes. Turn heat down and add 1 cup sour cream and 3 cups shredded monterey jack cheese with jalapeno peppers. Serve when cheese is completely melted.





9 comments:

deanna7trees said...

i did buy some black beans but haven't yet taken the next step. glad to hear the color held.

Nancy said...

Nice colors Peggy.

Jeannie said...

Yum! The soup sounds so good and the salad had my mouth watering. Young spinach is so very good. Glorious color in the yarn. xo

Chris said...

I keep coming back to this entry to look at the longer rays of sunlight in your colorful photos, to feel what this means in this season, and to vicariously enjoy that yummy mean you prepared. Thank you!

Chris said...

That's "meal," not "mean"! Sorry for the typo!

woman with wings said...

I think you'll like it, Deanna!

woman with wings said...

Thanks, Nancy!

woman with wings said...

Jeannie, I'm about to go have some for lunch, it lasts a while. And thanks!

woman with wings said...

Chris, things are definitely brightening up around here. That means a lot to me that you notice it in the photos. Thanks.