Crunchy Bean Stew - A Family Story
It was supposed to be chili...
My daughter Z is on a cooking binge. She is also the only vegetarian in our household of 4, so we've had some interesting meals lately. The latest was a chili recipe, because she wanted to use up some dried kidney beans she had - just enough for this recipe! (Who KNOWS how old they were!?!)
Some other ingredients were needed
She bought all the stuff except for two things - one cup of "full-bodied red wine" which she couldn't buy, and some serrano chiles. I was responsible for getting those. Someone told me I could buy small bottles of wine at the grocery store. I didn't find any small BOTTLES; I found a small CARTON of wine - like an adult juice box. It was Vendange Spain Cabernet Sauvignon, 500 ml size (about 17 ounces). It cost $3.50. I went to a Mexican grocery for the chiles - I got half a pound of fresh ones. We were set!
What were you thinking??
Z was mildly amused by the wine box. But the chiles? Why had I gotten so many?!? She only needed 2 (the half pound was about 20). Oh well, they were only 95 cents! Things proceeded along smartly, but the beans - they just wouldn't soften!! (The recipe said "simmer until beans are soft" - or something along those lines...) Finally we were just so hungry that we had to eat. The beans were somewhat crunchy, and it didn't really seem like chili - more like a stew. So I told Z we should call it Crunchy Bean Stew. We had a lot of fun and laughter over it, and isn't that what meals with family are all about? It was tasty and filling, but I still want to know JUST HOW OLD WERE THOSE BEANS?!?