Thursday, March 18, 2010

Now I Know Why They Use Black Beans For Soup

Because brown beans aren't pretty.

I used the leftover pinto beans from my lamb shanks to make a bean soup, simply whirling them with a tad of extra water in a blender. The beans had absorbed lovely flavor layers from the onions, shallots, carrots, bay leaves, broth, and lamb, so the soup was mighty good, thick and smooth and hearty.

But homely, just mid-brown and boring, like milk chocolate pudding. Even the dab of tzatziki I added didn't do much to make it look pretty, although it did add a nice, fresh flavor and a little texture to the slow-cooked savor of the beans.

Next time, perhaps I'll try the black beans with the lamb shanks, just for fun. Then I'd get pretty soup.



Blogger Blair said...

hey even if its a bit too brown you were being very GREEN and resourceful! way to go!

Thursday, March 18, 2010  
Blogger Chilebrown said...

Not pretty but tasty. Black bean soup is one of my favorites. Did you ever get to try the Solomon Grundy's black bean soup. That was a Bay Area treat.

Did you really boil the corned beef after grilling it?

Thursday, March 18, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I think it looks beautiful.
I wouldn't use black beans with lamb; being a traditionalist, I'd go for white, or maybe flageolets. That might make a pretty soup.
You rock.

Thursday, March 18, 2010  
Blogger Greg said...

Brown food is a bear to photograph but a joy eat.You said pudding!

Thursday, March 18, 2010  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

No one in the peanut gallery is zinging you because of the looks of this soup. We're here for taste, not processed photo food editing! ;-)

Thursday, March 18, 2010  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

Zoomie - you'll like this!

Friday, March 19, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Blair, well, aren't you so nice to say so!

Chilebrown, no, never had the pleasure of the Solomon Grundy's soup. Yes, I did boil it and it turned out fine, just lost its smoky flavor, which is what I was going for.

Cookiecrumb, yes, I wanted white beans, too, but the pintos were in the pantry and hungry for attention.

Greg, we should have a brown food photo contest - may the yummiest-looking brown food win!

Louis, you're the first to ever remark on the "zingers" and "peanut gallery." :-)

Friday, March 19, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Louis, that is brilliant! Gotta send that to my brother and sister in law, who are also Francophiles! Thank you!

Friday, March 19, 2010  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

Brutto ma Buono!

Friday, March 19, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Morgan, Si, gracie!

Saturday, March 20, 2010  
Blogger AMIT said...

Yeah its true that its not pretty but its tasty thats why it is used.

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Monday, March 22, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Thanks, Amit!

Monday, March 22, 2010  
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