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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

black bean corn salad while Racing Sanandar Ties Real Mdadrid !

We are having a late summer here in the bay area with scorching temperatures showing up. So today on the equinox of fall i am still thinking of cold dishes. Ironic since most of the summer the low temperatures had us making more warm soups than usual.
Black beans are wonderful! Native to Mexico and thus familiar in numerous traditional Mexican recipes. There are actually many varieties of black beans, turtle and midnight beans being the 2 most common types. Rancho  Gordo farms provides us with these and other varieties, rich in flavor, texture and nutrients!

Just finished a couple of shakuhachi lessons and it is lunch time.  And there are Spanish soccer games on today and thanks to the time difference, their night games are about to begin. Racing Santandar vs Real Madrid. 19th place Santandar vs the richest team in the world. Many people predict a bad season for Santandar and they are favorites to be one of the three teams to be releagated.
 however....the Santandar players are at home and they are obviously up for a fight!
I recently promised a friend, after his reaction to the pancake recipe/madid game post the other day that this season, every time the team that represents fascism, Real Madrid does not win this season, i will blog about it. And since this is mainly a food blog and about my offerings as a chef, i will include a recipe with it.

Soak a cup of beans, overnight. then pressure cook them for 5 minutes (more may be needed, depending on the variety and how old they are). If you are not familiar with the beans you have, it is safer to simmer them instead, this way you can check on them. You do not want the beans to become mushy, which happens if you overpressure them. Most black beans take about 40 minutes, simmered, covered. Drain your soaked  beans, put them in a pot with a bay leaf and 3 cup water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer.

Missed much of the first half but what i saw was BORING! come on, owners of Real Madrid, are you not bored to tears watching what this coach is doing with your team? Historically you  did all your ugly business behind the scenes and gave the world great futbol to watch. Now it is ugly boring and vicious crap and you are not even winning. I do not expect a team that had a 4 plus decade affiliation with General Franco to have any decency to why am i asking. 0-0 at the half and i want to turn on a different game but i did make a promise which means i have to watch a lot of madrid games this season. One of the only benefits of not having as much employment as i desire, is i get to watch a lot of games live.
getting hungry, it is noon and the beans are done. Now to make the salad!

Meanwhile, prep the following:
1 red torpedo onion, diced
1 serrano chili, chopped
1 anaheim chilip, diced
1 gyspy pepper,diced
1 flamingo pepper, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 ears corn, shucked (if possible, use one white and one yellow to give more color)
2 green  onions, chopped
3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
3 limes, juiced and zest

75th minute. Wow, Maurinho looks out of his gourd on the sidelines as his team is not able to score for the second game in a row. Here comes Kaka on as a sub. Got to feel sorry for a guy with a name lke that but he plays for madrid so he could be called much worse. And Racing Santandar continues to defend!

heat up a skillet and add 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 and 1/2 sea salt and the onion. Stir to coat and cook, low heat about 15 minutes, till well caramelized, stirring often.
add 2 tsp coriander powder and the chilis, peppers and corn, garlic, carrot and celery. Mix well, cover, over medium low heat, cook for 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so.

87th minute. Have you ever seen desparate young millionaires? Here it is in action as Madrid is attacking but like the other day, they cannot connect. Immense overpaid egos do not make a great team, and how apparent is it right in front of my face.  Sanrandar is defending like crazy and it is working! We are in stoppage time and Madrid looks like they are lost. Yeah, for the second week in a rown they are not going to win.  5 minutes of stoppage time to go and Madrid, when having to defend is pulling their thug tactics out and the usual stoppage of the opponents attack is done with fouls and yellow card moves. This is not a pretty game to watch and is not needed when you have as much talent as this rich team has! Coach Maurinho is about to have a stroke on the side as his face reddens and veins are emerging. As much as the guy turns me off, i hope he does not keel over on the field

Remove the vegetables from the heat and add the cooked black beans, lime, cilantro and green onions. Stir gently season with more salt or lime if needed.

game over, Racing Santandar 0 Real Madrid 0 lunch is good and 2 of the great teams are about to hit the field as Barcelona FC takes on Valencia CF!

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