Ah! Beans! They are either misused, eaten in vast quantities and thereby misused by the body or - worst of all - not used enough. They're a brilliant protein source and best of all, they're incredibly cheap.
So, when I went freelance I told H "I'm going to make every bean recipe in the world. You guys are gonna eat beans in every single meal!"
To which D (aged six) replied: "Bean muffins!"
To which I replied: "Actually, corn muffins." But that's another story.
So here I am on the eve of my first bean-in-crock-pot extravaganza, thanks in part to my mother who bought us the crock pot. There are various ways to soak beans. I am going to try the traditional, overnight soak first, followed at some point by the quick "bring to a boil and then leave for a few hours with saucepan off heat" method. And you know, I'm so excited! I'm taking something dried and hard and inedible and making it into something awesome (I hope).
So, as I embark on my freelancing adventure, I am also embarking on my bean utilizing adventure. Ironically I've had four freelance jobs so far - all of them progressively more interesting - but no bean recipes until now. I'm slacking with the beans. I should be ashamed of myself!
The only bean that has been soaking the last few weeks is the one in my belly. My dad now affectionately calls me the "bean hotel". I love my daddy!
I will post beautiful bean updates with pictures as they come in...