Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Disappointment

A friend of my family's is from Guatemala, and she makes homemade tortillas and bean loaf (homemade re-fried black beans, holy yummyness) for us. When Jess came to visit my family in the USA, we made it for her. And it is delicious - and Jess agrees, so we know its true.

Since being back in Australia, we've talked about making it here. And it's easy: canned black beans, garlic, and an onion is all one needs! So, last night we decided it was our night and went about finding the proper ingredients. Australians do not like black beans. No sireebob. Jess and her mom went to health food stores, grocery stores, Asian markets, and nothing, not a canned black bean to be found.

I found black beans in a vacuumed sealed bag - which did not seem promising. So, we cut open the bag, rinsed of the beans, and began cooking. Every few minutes, we'd comment on how foul the beans smelled. But since when has a fried onion and loads of garlic not covered up a smell? It's their main job, besides being delicious. Eventually, we tasted the beans and they tasted far worse than they smelled.

I won't go into details, but let's just say bringing South America to Australia is far more difficult than I imagined. I won't give up - this is just a small set back in my culinary endeavors.

If your interested in making the beans yourself:
serves 3 with left overs
bean loaf:

2 cans of black beans (one drained, the other not)
4 big cloves of garlic (whole)
1 onion finely chopped

dump beans into pot with cloves of garlic simmer until garlic is soft. Put into a food processor to puree.

saute onion until very brown in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil. Add the beans to the pan - should look like magma, bubbly and all. Stir constantly so beans don't stick to pan. eventually, enough liquid should burn off until you can form bean mixture into a loaf without it oozing out into the pan...When this happens your done! Transfer loaf to a plate.

I'd recommend serving with warmed tortillas, cheese, guacamole, chopped tomatos, caramelized onion and capsicum, sour cream, and salsa.



  1. That sounds delicious! I am the BEAN QUEEN! I love beans - all beans, especially with garlic and onions.

    "Should look like magma..." Got it! Thanks!

  2. Three thoughts:

    1. Keep away from sources of ignition as you may turn... flammable. :P

    2. Did the black beans you got look anything like this?

    3. For the record, I LOVE beans. Tacos, Burritos, ESPECIALLY Texan black-eyed and refriend (yup, I call them re-frieNd) beans.

  3. Chris - Its important to channel dr. evil during the whole magma part. I can't believe I forgot to mention that.

    demigod - Aw, refriend beans. That's adorable. and EWWWWWW *convulsions*, they were definitely not quite that disgusting - but close. Very very close.

  4. Thanks for swinging by my blog! How apropos that the first post of yours I encounter is about black beans - MY FAVORITE!

  5. Aw, thanks for dropping by Sherri!

    black beans are absolutely delicious...