Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Nelle was destined to love beans. After all, we started calling her 'Bean' when she was only ... well, about as big as one. By the time she was born, we struggled to call her by her new, official name. She'd been Bean for so long ...
And now, she's 'Nelle' to a tee. As if she always was. As if the name was made for her.
And my Nelle skips into pre-school a couple times a week (called 'kindy' here in Australia). She still gives me a kiss before I go, no matter who's around. She still drops her puzzle pieces and bounds over - arms open wide - when I come to pick her up. 'Mummy! Mummy!'
But she's so ... big.
this is all going too quickly ...
(Hey, Time? Can you hear me? Slow. Down)
What can I say? Once she was Bean. Now they're her favourite after-school snack. And see that cute, smiling face there? I like to keep it like that ... it makes my life much easier ... and happier.
So, sometimes, when we get home from a hard day's play and there are no baked beans to be found in the cupboard ...
I have to make my own.
Emergency Baked Beans
1 can of plain beans (any type is ok, but I like the mixed or cannellini varieties)
1/3 c passata (tomato puree)
2 Tbs rapadura sugar (or substitute brown sugar)
1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses (or use 1 Tbs more of the rapadura sugar)
1-2 tsp sea salt (to taste)
*Use organic ingredients when you can
1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, and heat over med-high heat until bubbly. Cool slightly before serving on toast, with a scoop of leftover rice, or just on its own.
I stock up on cans of organic beans - all different varieties - when they're on sale. (You never know when you'll need beans quick). Same with passata - sometimes I'll have up to 5 jars of it in my cupboard! Buying that way, you won't pay a premium ... and it makes organic so affordable. I estimate a batch of organic baked beans costs around $2.
Now, best get playing ...