Potatoes and Beans

Why oh why can’t I keep my big mouth shut, or at least my fingers off the keyboard. Our Esteemed Leader , Conrad, was asking for ideas for future subjects for the LBC (Loose Blogger’s Consortium)  and, preoccupied as I was at the time with my new Allotment/Victory Garden, I blurted out the subject for today’s posting.

As we know, potatoes are among the gifts to the old world from the post Columbian Americas. Columbus himself appears to have been sold on the idea of a wonderful source of slaves for the Spanish and European market. He was of course unaware of the devastating effect that measles and small pox would have upon the native populations, among other ills that is.

It is sobering to think how, in large part, potatoes displaced bread as a staple in parts of the world.

I could go on to list some of the wonderful varieties of this member of the Nightshade family that are available but you can go here British Potato Variety Database or here The European Cultivated Potato Database . As for pictures:

As far as I know, Beans, various members of the Legume family, are found in many parts of the world. Some of you may already know that my allotment is playing host to a few plants of a variety of Climbing Bean called: Cheorkee, Trail of Tears. The story of these beans is at the same time romantic and horrific. In about 1838 (someone will o doubt check the date for me) there was, what we would now call, an ethnic cleansing of the Cherokee nation which involved a forced march from Georgia to Oklahoma during which some 4,000 Cherokee died.

The Cherokee took with them their beans, one of the Three Sisters of aboriginal agriculture, the other two being corn (maize) and pumpkins. These beans, when harvested, have a deep shiny black coat. They are like black jewels and no doubt in some parts of the world might well have been used as such.

Now for something different:

Magpie’s Potatoes and Black Beans (a made up recipe: try it if you will…)

Ingredients:

Vegetable Stock (about  a half pint)

1 onion , peeled and chopped

One or two cloves of garlic, crushed

1  Jalapeño pepper ( I did think of a Habanero…up to you!)

8 ounces of chopped fresh tomatoes (very ripe)

1lb of potatoes (non floury type)

about 1lb of cooked black beans ( or a large can)

8 ounces of greens, Spinach would be good I think.

Hot chilli sauce if wanted.

Herbs ( though I can’t quite decide what. Perhaps Coriander leaves?)

1) Wash and cook the potatoes in their skins (Boil or microwave). make sure that the potatoes are still firm enough to ct in to chunks easily.

2) Wash, clean and chop up the grens  and wilt them in boiling water or the microwave. Time will depend on thetype of greens used.  Drain them well.

3) Into a large saucepan, or maybe a wok,put about half the stock and bring to the boil and then add the onions and garlic an d chopped de seeded pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent.

4)Add the tomatoes and more stock when needed to stop sticking. Bring up to heat.

5) Stir in the potatoes and beans and cook for a few minutes.

6) Add the greens and herbs and cook for a few more minutes.

7) Add  a little salt (to tatse) and hot sauce to taste.

I reckon this should make a meal for two….. maybe for three.

Now, have I left anything out?

Are you willing to try this then and let me know how it turns out? At least it should be colourful, red, white, green and black!

Oh boy!

Now pop over to the rest of the LBC and see what they have made of Potatoes and Beans.

: Anu, Ashok, gaelikaa, Ginger, Grannymar, Helen, Judy, Conrad, Maria and Ramana

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7 Responses to “Potatoes and Beans”

  1. Rummuser Says:

    Shall try that out and report Magpie. Seems quite interesting.

  2. Grannymar Says:

    A real bean feast this week thanks to you my good man! We may all spend time in the kitchen over the next few days experimenting!

  3. magpie11 Says:

    Feel free to adapt!

  4. bikehikebabe Says:

    Yeah, beans are good. But I JUST read the 3 most important veggies for anti-oxidents (all starting with B–like beans) are broccoli, beets, bell peppers (the red kind.)

  5. gaelikaa Says:

    Well, what can I say? Fab post, you didn’t disappoint this time either. You must have been a superb teacher…

  6. Maria Says:

    Boy am I embarrassed! You all wrote on Bread and Beans and I wrote on Communication. Even though I don’t cook often, i promise to try your recipe which looks absolutely delicious.

  7. Judy Harper Says:

    Aren’t potatoes and beans part of the basic farmers meal? Pinto beans are my favorite. Are blackeyed peas a bean? I didn’t realize there were that many different varieties of potatoes. You did a great justice to your subject. lol

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