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Travel To Cuba minus the passport and embargo stuff.

So when I was 9 may Dad married a woman from Cuba. She  made many things I turned my nose up to. (I was a very picky eater now I am just a semi picky eater) One of my fav things she made was  Black beans and rice. Until then all beans I had eaten were in chili or in a can of refried and all my rice was topped with butter.  Hey i was 9.  So I have asked her and some cuban friends of hers  and I never really got a for sure recipe. So here is what I have come up with .

1 bag of black beans soaked drained and cooked or 2 big ol cans of black beans if you can afford that type of thing.

One whole onion diced

as well as one green bell pepper diced too.

3 garlic cloves minced or pressed thru a garlic press.

2 TBS of vinegar white is ok but cider is better.

1tbs of sugar

3 tbs of Ketchup… don’t question just do it.

a big palmful of ground cumin and another of dried oregano.

2 cups of chicken or veggie stock. .

*Start 2 cups of rice cooking is a steamer or pan according to your rice package directions.

so  get a pot probably a large one and add some oil to the bottom saute up the onion and bell pepper for a few min then add the garlic. Dont burn it.  keep it going till onions are soft  add the herbs and stir it up. add the beans back in with the chicken stock sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Let this simmer for a while. I think mine went for like 30 min in all. I also did a couple smashes with my tater masher  to thicken up the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Viola yummy-ness.

In our home we lie to have pork with this meal. If  you want that too i would suggest cutting up a few pork chops into bite size pieces and pan cooking them up while the beans are simmering. To make it even better marinate them in some kind of store bought marinade about an hour before you cook them.  orrrrrrrr Mojo…. google it mah freeeen. Add the pork to the cooked beans.

serve it with rice in the bottom of the bowl then top with beans and maybe some fried plantains on the side. Soooo good I cannot wait to eat my leftovers.

Blessings

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Bagels revisited! (Grrrrrr)

So I have a love affair with the bagel  that is probably not healthy! I love almost any kind of bagel. Except the everything bagel… ew.  My fav is jalapeño cheddar bagel. I used to get them from safeway but they never had enough jalapeños for me. Plus the boys love bagels too but i wanted to be SURE I knew what was going in to them. They Love cinnamon raisin bagel so i thought. hmm how cant i beef up the goodness? hmmmm here is my simple bagel recipe with a couple of my favorite variations.

1 cup plus one TBS of warm water

1 1/2 TBS honey

3 cups of bread flour ( Sub: I exchanged 3/4 cup of bread flour for whole wheat  in the cinnamon raisin bagels and the kids didn’t notice anything)

1 1/4 tsp of salt

1 1/2 tsp bread machine or active dry yeast

toppings: instant minced onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, old fashioned oats or for me some shredded cheddar and a jar of jalapeños.

*For cinnamon raisin bagels add 1/2 cup of raisins and add 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in when you add salt.  You can make other berry bagels buy switching the raisin for dried cranberries or dried goji berries or dried dingle berries.. i dunno… you get the picture.  what ever floats your boat. Oh and get rid of the cinnamon.

You will also need

2quarts of water

1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar

One egg white mixed with one tbs of water.

1) measure all your stuff and hit the dough cycle on your bread machine.  Dont put the toppings in!!! Pull the dough out after 50 in the cycle with lightly floured hands.

2)  grease a cookie sheet and cut the dough in to 10 pieces.  shape each piece into a 3 inch circle poke a one inch hole in the center using thumbs. smooth into a bagel shape using your fingers. do it to all 10 an dpu them on a cookie sheet. cover and let rise for 20 min in a warm place.

3) Heat your oven to 450. Heat 2 quarts of water  to boiling add 1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar.  I like the baking soda. Lower 2-3 bagels in tot the water for 30 seconds, turning once after 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon.

4) use a pastry brush to brush the egg white and water on the bagels.  Then put your toppings on. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 min or until yummy looking.  LET THEM COOL!  But as soon as you can, Toast that baby Up and mac down. it is so good.  Yummm I think i will go have another one.

Blessing

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