chopped and ready for the pan
Vegetarian cooking is lovely because it's such a clean process. It's not neat; I usually choose to post photos of the pretty food instead of the messy kitchen. But it's not dirty, like make-you-sick-from-your-sponge kind of dirty. Ever since eliminating factory-farmed (grocery store) meat from our diet, I've felt more confident that my kitchen is not a haven for sketchy bacteria. I feel that I can clean with our standard vinegar and baking soda with impunity, knowing that they can handle any of the grime associated with veggies, beans, dairy, and grains.
My perception of cleanliness is one thing, and probably pretty subjective, but no one can deny that the melange of green peppers, yellow peppers, onions, garlic, and carrots sizzling in a pan is a truly lovely sight, which is something I can't say for my beef dishes, no matter how local & pasture-raised my side of beef happens to be. I'm usually hesitant to indulge in red, yellow, or orange peppers because they seem like pretty pricey items, especially since these are on the must-buy-organic list for us. But lately I've been getting them anyway, particularly after looking at my receipt and seeing that the per pound price sounds much worse than the price of the little pepper. We have to be pretty budget conscious around here, but $1.07 for a nice yellow pepper is a steal.
So tonight we're having Brazilian Black Bean Soup. Yes, another soup from the Moosewood (I've joked before that I should name this blog 'Eating Moosewood Soups for a Year" but maybe I really should). We tried a Black Bean Soup from Laurel's Kitchen several months back, but it didn't suggest soaking the beans before cooking, and WOW, that was a mistake. They argue that if you get used to eating beans enough, soaking is not needed and depletes important nutrients. Well, we eat beans a lot around here and some of them (lentils) are fine without a soak, but please dear readers, soak your black beans before serving them to loved ones.
Any favorite black bean dinners out there?