Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Black Bean Bliss

When I was an undergraduate (20 years ago? Eek!), I lived in southern California for a year and did a fair bit of travelling in Mexico. I have never recovered from the wonder of real Mexican food and it is a source of persistent distress that it has not become a mainstay of Australia's multicultural palate. Imagine my thrill when Lovely Partner arrived home the other day with a bag of glossy black turtle beans. It has been a week of bean bliss (although, certainly not of authentic Mexican cuisine, of which I still dream wistfully). I forgot to photograph everything, but here are a couple of favourites...

Black bean dip

Cooked black beans, garlic, cumin, lime juice, hot sauce, yoghurt, salt and pepper blended in the food processor and topped with chopped tomato and coriander. Delish!

Swordfish with blackbean salsa and roasted sweet potato

I've sworn off swordfish for ethical reasons, but when Lovely Partner unwittingly brought this locally caught morsel home, it had to be eaten. Gotta say, tasting it again made me feel self-righteously sacrificial about my ethical choice!


  1. Yummy! We live in New Mexico (when we can be there!) and my Mom was born and raised there (Though has lived in WA state for 30 years) so I think that Mexican food runs through my veins. I LOVE Mexican food!

    We just got back from a one week trip in Mexico and I was surprised at how much fresher and better that Mexican food was...more so that New Mexican food (which is, I must restate: GREAT!). So many fresh vegetables, complex spices and simple ingredients.

    I long to get back into growing a garden, which I haven't been able to do for 20 years. We travel all the time but will finally settle down and retire for good in Las Cruces, NM in 4 years and a garden is the first thing I'm going to work on! I love seeing your little baby plants growing :-)

  2. Thanks for reading, Lanie and Fitlivingdaily. FLD, I'm sad to report that a big rain storm smashed some of my seedlings last week :(

    I'm going out into the garden now to do some replanting and rehabilitation!