I appear to be racing through the Moreish Mains chapter in Sabrina Ghayour’s latest book, Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes. Call me a glutton, but I appreciate a hearty main. The latest recipe is the smoky black-eyed bean & tomato stew, aka. spicy, homemade baked – but not actually baked – beans.
With only a handful of ingredients and very little prep, the Harissa Black Bean Ragout seemed like an excellent meat-free Monday option. The black beans are even cooked straight in the pot, no soaking required. The total cooking time was about an hour and a half but most of that time was spent idly pottering around letting the pot do all the hard work.
These deep-fried Shallot Blossoms are so worth the chore. The savoury batter, spicy creates a delicious crispy coating that I’ve missed since KFC left my life. The shallots cook till they’re soft enough to eat and have lost that raw onion punch. If you think onion rings (x10,000) then you’re on the right track.