Saturday, 7 February 2009


Just had to add this one of Rags enjoying his first experience of snow

Such a stunning view of a usually benevolent part of Exmoor, sent on by one of the family. I just had to share it.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Beany Thing

I don’t know how this recipe evolved, but it hits the spot when you are looking for a cheap and cheerful meal that's a bit different. If you use canned beans it can even be put together very quickly.

I usually like to use beans I have cooked myself, as I don’t like the flavour or texture of ones from a can, and home cooked beans can be frozen, or kept in the fridge for a few days if you want to cook a big panful in one go.

The quantities here are a bit hit and miss, because it’s a recipe that can be stretched a bit if need be.

For about 4 people:-

Soak and cook about 250g (8oz) cannellini beans, or any bean you like.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and cook a diced onion, 2 or 3 chopped cloves of garlic, two of each diced carrots and courgettes, and a large red pepper chopped, (you can add a fresh chilli if you have one)

When softened, add a tin of tomatoes, and a tin of sweetcorn. Season with salt and pepper, and some sort of spicy mixture. We like Schwartz PiriPiri Seasoning in this. (There is also a Spicy Season-All, and Cajun Seasoning which would work)

Add the cooked beans and simmer until the tomatoes have reduced a little, approx 10 minutes.

Sprinkle 100g (4 oz) grated cheese over the top and put under a hot grill until the cheese has melted.

If you have allowed the beany mixture to cool, bake it in the oven until it is hot through and the cheese has melted.

Serve it with boiled rice.