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On Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 2:37:52 PM UTC-5, cshenk wrote:
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On Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 7:29:04 PM UTC-5,

At a low simmer I would cook them about 30 minutes.

Usually, when I heat up something along that line I will do also
heat it up for about 3 minutes or so but at a reduced power. Maybe
60% power.

If you feel like it, after those sausages have simmered until done,
throw them in a hot skillet for just a few minutes for a bit of
browning. Will improve the taste and crisp up the skin.

Thanks, I'm going to make the beans and sausage early next week. I'm
still eating the 6 day spread I made Wednesday. I won't go into it,
but it's pretty good.

Now, as for browning the sausage, I won't argue it might taste better
that way, but I'll be using it in the beans (either great northern or
kidney, always done to near mush), so I'll probably pass on the
browning because I'm a lazy guy and I'll have less pan to wash.
Appreciate the advice though.

Now speaking of beans, I have a very simple recipe my Arab
grandparents used to make. It is not found in most Arab cook books
because it came from Arabs who landed in Brazil back in the 20s or
so. It's so simple it's incredible. My grandmother used clarified
butter for almost all cooking. I use the bottled type from Trader
Joe's. Regular butter is ok too. Below is the recipe, and the bean
to meat ratio can stay regardless of the amount you make.

5 ingredients only:

Kidney beans (the light red ones)
Beef roast
Dried Mint

Also rice, which I don't include as an actual ingredient.
Instructions below:

Put 1 pound light kidney beans in a big pot with a 1 pound roast -
chuck or sirloin is good. My grandmother used lamb. Too hard to
find, so I go with beef.

Cover with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Lower and cover and
simmer for 2 to 3 hours, checking on it now and then. My grandmother
let the meat sit in the beans all the way till it was breaking apart,
which was great - but I take the meat out at about the 2 hour mark
because I want to add it daily to the finished product.

This is so easy and simple it's incredible. While the beans are
cooking, take a bunch of raw garlic and mince it well. The amount is
up to you. When the beans are done, put them on the back burner and
get out a skillet. In the skillet put 4 tablespoons of butter and
melt it down. Add the garlic and stir for about 5 minutes. Keep
your eyes on it so it does not brown. It will ruin the mix.

When the garlic and butter mix is done, add it to the beans along
with a good palm-ful of dried mint. Stir the mint and butter and
garlic mix into the beans and that's it. Put on rice and eat. Since
I do the prep thing I don't make the rice every day or eat it
traditional style with the beans over the rice. I cut up some meat
each day along with maybe some spinach or parsley, which is not
necessary but adds nutrition and does not destroy the flavor. I put
the beans, spinach, and meat, in a bowl and place a handful of cooked
rice in the center. I cover the bowl and micro for 3 minutes. And
that's it. One day for cooking, 7 meals overall with little or no

Oh, one more thing, I agree with you on the micro power, but my unit
is cheap and not so powerful. So when it comes to using the micro
it's up to whoever owns it and knows it. Thanks for your post.


Hi Jaz,

I like generally the recipe but the mint simply feels wrong to me?
Different traditions likely there.


I understand. Some recipes don't sound good on paper. How about hummus for instance? Chick peas and sesame paste? How did that come about? Probably by accident, both foods sitting separately on a plate and coming together and someone going, "Hmmm, not bad." I hate chick peas. I don't like beans of any kind that are too firm. But I love them boiled almost to mash. I guess it's the broth. I know the mint in the beans sounds odd but it really adds a unique flavor that is not overbearing, depending of course on how much one adds. That's another benefit to prepping. Make the beans and meat then place them separately in the fridge. Take a little meat and cut up and add the beans and rice. Now you can add just a taste of mint, and if you don't like it all you've lost is one small meal, not an entire pot of food.