I saw a blog earlier about beans posted by Marinating Online that set off a chain of thought; the fresh beans that will be available in autumn, my mother’s Mexican chili beans, the paucity of pantry items.
Rummaging around in the cabinets, I discovered that I did not have a stock of canned white beans, in fact all I had was a jar that said “les haricots rouge”. They were not kidney beans, which I do not prefer, but some random French beans, jarred locally. Okay. I also did not have a reserve of diced canned tomatoes. Oh la, la!
However, “one monkey don’t stop no show”. I rummaged around in the refrigerator and found 4 mushrooms, a green pepper, and some exhausted cherry tomatoes. To these I added ground veal, an onion, garlic and some tomato coulis from a carton, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Good to go. And look! M. Parret’s dinner “gouter”.
I’m sure he’ll add an entree of charcuterie, salad after the beans, cheese, some of his flan he always has on hand and coffee with a drop of the local whiskey. What can you say? He’s still alive and looks good 🙂