I am starting week 3 of a lovely chest infection. It is slowly getting better, but I am left totally drained and weakened by it. With this in mind all I want to eat is easy peasy comfort food. Having got some chipolatas in the fridge I decided on a bangers and mash type dish, but I wanted baked beans - a real craving for them, which is strange as I am not all that keen on the old BB so it was no great surprise that I found none in the cupboard, but I did not let stop me, I concocted the following recipe:-
Spicy Pinto Beans
400g Pinto Beans
400g Chopped Tomatoes
1 clove garlic - crushed or minced
1 tbsp Oil
1/4 jar of roasted peppers
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
1 tsp Sugar
Heat the oil in a pan, add the crushed garlic and fry gently, add the chopped tomatoes and heat through. Then add the pinto beans, peppers and chili, S&P.
Cover and simmer gently for 10 mins until the beans have thickened slightly the sauce.
Add the sugar to taste to take away the harsh acidity of the tomatoes. Serve.
These were the most delicious beans I have ever had, the flavour was fruity and with a bit of a kick, the garlic came through and added almost a smokey flavour with the chili. They went together so well with the chipolatas and the oven roasted potato chunks. Real comfort food that will propel me on to the road to recovery.