Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ides of March Black Beans with Vegetables and Quinoa

Julius Caesar was stabbed to death 2055 years ago. It's incredible to me that such an historically distant event could have enough cultural significance as to admit of reference without elaboration. But of course there are tons of similar examples. The continuity of tradition.

I have to study for a modal logic midterm tomorrow, so this recipe's gonna be sketchy. I've been able to cook kidney and navy beans and chickpeas satisfactorily, but for some reason dry black beans resist me. Even after an overnight soak and 2 1/2 hours on the stove they were a bit starchy/hard.

makes approx. 3 servings

1 c. black beans
4 c. water
1/2 c. quinoa
1 c. water
bagful of kale, leaves torn and stems chopped
1 Satina potato, peeled and cubed
1 c. frozen sweet corn
5 shallots, diced
coconut oil
agave nectar
ground black pepper
hot sauce

1. Soak the beans overnight. Simmer for at least 2 1/2 hours.
2. Sauté the shallots in coconut oil in a large pan. Add the kale stems.
3. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Cook potato until tender.
4. Add corn and kale leaves to the pan. In a measuring cup, mix water, agave nectar, and seasoning. Pour into pan with sherry and cover.
5. Simmer quinoa for 15 min.
6. Uncover pan and add potato. Heat through.

Real bad news for people who resist animal oppression. As if there weren't enough reasons to hate the prison-industrial complex. The government better get wise to the fact that this level of repression is going to come back to bite them.

(UPDATE 3/16/11: My favorite song is appropriate for the occasion.)

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