Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Since I dont do themes I thought I would break out of that mold a little and attempt a Mardi Gras post. Whomever sends me photos, and you know what kind I mean, I will send you some beads. Sounds good? Sounds good! So crackout those cameras, pull up those shirts and get ready for a beadfest.
On a more realistic note I soaked the Ayocote Morados (purple beans) in a brine solution like I learned from Americas Test Kitchen. If you soak the beans in salt water they keep their shape and stay creamy inside.
This big hunkin' bean got even bigger and hunkin'er and some with freckles showed up and some darker ones too. These beans soaked overnight and then were rinsed and boiled in plain water for 30 minutes and they are so tender and plump you wouldn't believe me if I showed you.
Oh ok, I'll show you. Never did a more creamy bean exist. Ayocote Morados are supposed to be great with wild mushrooms and garlic so I made a wild mushroom and garlic salsa and that was all she wrote. I cant even begin to describe the flavor and dont get your hopes up - they lost their color.
They are a little nutty and little like cut grass and but all of that is mild then there is the wild mushroom garlic and olive oil that balances this high wire act to a T.
So whats a bean post without some eggs and salmon? Nothing I tell you - nothing.
Scramble them in the pan till they begin to set then in the oven for a quick minute and you have a late night dinner fit for a Mardi Gras -er. Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 5:27 PM