Whenever I have something important to do with a far-off deadline (like 24 hours plus) I find myself fully invested in activities that, although they need to get done, are less time sensitive than that important thing. For example, today I really need to be working on analyzing interviews, so instead I had friends over for a delicious dinner… and then cleaned my entire kitchen. Neither of these things are bad. I definitely needed to eat dinner, and probably needed to clean the kitchen this week, but did those have to get done now? Nope, probably not. To be honest, this whole blogging thing is just a productive procrastination tool.
This morning I woke up with a bit of a sore throat and decided that the only thing that would make me feel better is black bean soup. Black been soup has been kind of an amorphous thing in my life – every time I make it, it’s fairly different. Tonight was no exception.
Here’s what worked tonight, loosely based off a recipe I found a long time ago that’s completely different now. Here it goes, in order of steps. It’s honestly not all that much of a recipe as it is a list of things to throw in a pot. Do with it what you will.
Black Bean Soup
In a large pot, pour in a bit of olive or vegetable oil, about a quarter’s worth.
Add about half of a finely chopped onion, or more if you like, and a clove or so of garlic. (I tend to do a little less.)
Carrots, a bunch of little ones (15?) or 2-3 big ones.
Two cans of broth, either chicken or veggie. I like one and one, but I’m not picky about it.
About 2 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of cumin, 1/2 tsp white pepper (or black), a shake of red pepper flakes, a shake of parsley, and whatever else smells nice in your pantry. Can’t you tell this is a very precise recipe?
2-3 cans of black beans, depending on how many people you’re having. an extra can of white beans if it’s more people than you usually have.
A can of diced tomatoes, a can of corn, and a can of tomato paste.
Let it cook for at least an hour. Serve with some grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt, if you’ve got it.