A bean feast of Moroccan flavours
We currently have lots of new potatoes, carrots, onions and peas coming out of the kitchen garden. Ali thinks they are so delicious that we should have them on their own but, as I’m the cook, I felt we should at least try to have a more balanced supper. Hence the following protein-filled dish. I made it up once I thought about available ingredients and it proved delicious so I thought I’d include it here.
For two people plus leftovers. Oven on 160 fan, 180 ordinary & 5.5 gas
What’s in it?
2 large sweet red peppers
1 large sweet white onion, chopped
400 gms tinned red kidney beans, drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon mixed Moroccan spices - ground coriander, cumin, mace, cayenne, allspice, turmeric, clove, cinammon
How’s it made?
A couple of hours before
Put the two whole sweet red peppers into the oven for around 40 minutes or until the skin is black. Turn the oven off and leave the oven door shut and get on with other things.
35 minutes before serving
Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil until softened
Add in the Moroccan spices & cook for 3 or 4 minutes
Meanwhile peel the skin off the cooked red pepper, remove the pips and stalk. Slice into bits. You don’t need to be at all precise about it.
Chuck in the tin of kidney beans, a gloop or two of pomegranate molasses and about a dessert spoon of balsamic vinegar and simmer gently for 20 minutes or so. Check the seasoning and adjust.
Tear some coriander to decorate the top
I served this with home-grown new potatoes, carrots & peas, along with garlic scapes (flower stalks picked before flowering) which I cooked in butter. All drizzled with melted butter. Divine. You could add garlic to the bean dish, but as I was serving garlic scapes I didn’t feel it needed any more.
PS I made the sterling silver spoon.