I did that last night. In fact, I made something that they turned their noses up at last time I presented it to them. I think it just wasn't a colour they thought food should be. But that was several years ago and I presumed that the memory had faded. I also put out foods they loved to balance things out and, fingers crossed, slipped the unknown in front of them.
It worked! They loved it.
|Black Bean Soup!|
With a wee scoop of creme fraiche and salsa on top.
I finely diced one onion, one carrot, a chunk of swede of similar weight to the carrot, and some garlic (two or three cloves). I cooked this over a low heat for about five minutes. If you were using the pancetta or bacon you would cook them with the vegetables. I added in a tsp of cumin and cooked that with the vegetables for another minute. Next I poured in a couple of pints of water. Usually I would use stock here but as I had the ham hock I didn't want to add any more salt to the equation.
I took the skin off the ham hock and returned it to the soup pan, added in a teaspoon of Tabasco and then simmered it all for about half an hour. I then added in two tins of black beans - which I gave a quick rinse first. I continued to simmer the soup for another hour.
I then turned off the heat, removed the ham hock, took the hand blender to the soup until it was smooth, removed the meat from the ham hock and chopped it before returning it to the soup. Done!
The salsa is just a combination of chopped tomatoes (seeded first so that the salsa is not too watery), diced red onion, garlic, very finely diced chili, coriander and the tiniest of swigs of olive oil.
The guacamole is mashed avocado mixed with a couple of seeded and chopped tomatoes, a little finely diced chili and garlic and a good squeeze of lime juice. (The lime juice doesn't just add colour but also helps prevent the guacamole from turning brown. If you make it in advance then cover with plastic wrap so that the wrap is touching the surface of the dip.)
Maybe you would like this dinner as much as Helen and Emily did. You won't know unless you try it!