Arghh, spring seems to be far away this year and although it is March already, my birthday season, the spring shows no shoots yet. On the contrary, the weather turns more and more wintery, just missing the snow, the rest is all here.
But anyway, today I came home feeling really cold and although is only a Monday I'm totally energyless so I was thinking to cook something that, first, will warm me up, second and most important, something to cheer me up a little bit.
So, I had to think a little bit, not for too long though as to what I should be making. I t was not a hard task this time since I had these beans that I had soaked since last night. I said to myself, oh yes, let me just do this beans stew dish that mummy used to make that it's absolutely delish!
alternative ingredients to use in this beans stew?
The best sausages to go for are any pork ones or beef that are smoked including chorizo that isn't smoked but contain smoked paprika.
This was the next thing that I was going to suggest in case you don't find smoked sausages or you don't like those, replace them with any sausage that you like or even bacon or gammon and add some smoked paprika.
That smoky flavour in this beans stew dish is just to die for. Well, I love it, put it this way!
If you like this recipe, you may also like:
- Pork and seafood risotto with turmeric and long pepper
- Creamy Cauliflower with pork medallions, turmeric and mushrooms
- Pork medallions with steamed seven grains and seasonal vegetables
- Roast pork in a bath of beer and a bed of mixed onions
Smoked pork joint, sausages and butterbeans stew
- chopping board
- 350 g butter beans (12.35 oz) (organic) or 2 cans of butter beans in water
- 2 medium onions (organic)
- 2 small carrots (organic)
- 1/2 medium aubergine (organic)
- 2-3 sticks celery (organic)
- 1/2 medium red pepper (organic)
- 200 g tomato juice (7.05 oz) (organic)
- 1 spring thyme if not fresh, a pinch of dry thyme
- 1/2 tablespoon paprika smoked/unsmoked
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (organic)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 leaves bay
- salt for added flavour
- pepper (freshly ground) for added flavour
- 1. *** If you are using dry beans, ideally is to soak those for anything between 4-12 hours. Overnight is best unless you have a pressure cooker which saves the trouble.
- Rinse well the beans and place in a pot with a teaspoon of salt and cook/boil covered for 30-40 minutes if soaked, longer if not soaked. I always recommend you see and follow pack instructions. Ideally is to change the first water, meaning that as soon as the beans begin to boil for the first time, drain those of that water completely, rinse with cold water and place again on fire to cook. If you chose to use the canned beans there is no need for any of the above but jump straight to step 4.
- While the beans are cooking, peel, wash and chop the onions and the carrot, wash the aubergine, pepper and celery and finely chop those too.
- In a deeper type pan or a pot placed on medium fire, put the sliced sausages and the onions. No need to add any oil as sausages will release some. Sufficient to cook with. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the pork joint carrot, aubergine and pepper. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes stirring consistently. Put the drained and semi-cooked beans or the canned ones and add some water (approx. 250 ml), cayenne pepper, salt, thyme, turmeric powder, bay leaves, black pepper and tomato juice and paste. Allow to cook with the lid on for about 20-30 minutes. Uncover for the last 10 minutes and cook on low fire.
- (Optional) Serve with some nice homemade spelt flour bread and pickles.
- you can use the dried ones that might need soaking overnight unless you have a pressure cooker or an instant pot that will make soaking unnecessary.