Friday, January 13, 2017

Beans and Romance

"Marriage is more than a contract.  It's a messy, beautiful, living, breathing thing, full of dreams and history and patterns and memories."  ~Shauna Niequist
Today is our 20th proposal-versary.  Which automatically means Rocky Road ice cream.  Since Aaron proposed using this flavor, he scrounged up the ingredients to make a marvelous, rich, dark, not-too-sweet version of Rocky Road.  Very romantic.  I'm so grateful for the "history and patterns and memories" that we share.

Real life continues to march, however, and our hungry crew must be fed.  I can expect protein (except for fish) to be twice as expensive here in Honiara as it is in my hometown in Arkansas.  Beef, eggs, cheese, beans, chicken - all of them.  And I crave protein, especially when we have recently returned from Marulaon.  Beans that are twice as expensive are still our cheapest option, so "Scallions and Beans" showed up on our lunch table.
Scallions and Beans
Soak overnight or by quick method:
1 lb. dry white beans
2 qts. water
Cook in water to cover until tender.  Drain and cool.  Reserve liquid for soup or stew.
4 scallions, chopped, including tops
2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
 1/2 c. olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
Pour dressing over beans.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Chill several hours before serving.
Note:  Our family loves garlic, and we have learned to double the garlic in 99% of the recipes we use.  Not this one.  We also find that 1/3 cup olive oil works just as well and substituting the lemon juice (which we don't have) with lime juice (which we do have) tastes just fine.


Herding Grasshoppers said...

When you come to visit, we'll make sure we have LOTS of protein! :D

Andrew and Megan said...

This is a recipe I'd kind of forgotten about for awhile, but now that Great Northern beans are around again, I'm trying to keep it in mind more often! :)