baked beans a few times before but have bookmarked a few recipes to try. Fathers Day brunch was the ideal opportunity.
Where's the Beef and Veganise This. Cindy had used tinned beans and Mel had used dried. I had good intentions to follow Mel's lead but Saturday was so busy with Fran and John's party and making cherry ripe cake pops that I ended up using tinned beans. As it was, I found myself making these in the evening around dipping cake pops in chocolate and watching the excellent new hospital drama, Monroe.
potato scones and veggie sausages (just from a packet) were nicely done. We ate later that I had intended but it was just as well. We ate lunch at 2.30 because other family members were juggling in-law commitments. Though the beans were quite sweet, I still found them delicious on toast for dinner on Sunday night and with bangers and mash on Monday night.
Vegan about Town for That Recipe Seems Very Familiar..., an event that she is holding to celebrate the 2 year anniversary of Planet VegMel. For those who are not familiar with it, Planet VegMel is an aggregator blog. It collects posts from Melbourne vegan blogs (and vegan-friendly blogs like my own). This is an amazingly welcoming group of bloggers who make great food. It is a fantastic place to see what others are eating - have met many great bloggers both virtually and at potlucks. There is even an upcoming potluck to celebrate the anniversary.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Isabella's Cafe - lighthouse gourmet
This time two years ago: Superhero Cake – Kapow!
This time three years ago: In Search of the Green Smoothie
Smoky baked beans
Adapted from Veganomicon via Where's the Beef and Veganise This
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced finely
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 x tin of cannelini beans (I used 1 cannelini and 1 lima beans)
1 x 400g tin diced tomatoes
2 - 4 tbsp golden syrup
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 - 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup water (optional but necessary if you misread the timing)
Preheat the oven to 180C. Heat the olive oil in a oven proof casserole dish, add the onions and fry for about 10 minutes or until slightly browned. Add the garlic and stir through for a minute. Mix in the tomatoes, golden syrup, mustard powder, salt, allspice, and smoked paprika - only add a little golden syrup and salt and taste to check if you need more. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the tomatoes are softening (oops I did 30 minutes and added the beans at this point).
Add beans to the tomato mixture. Cook in the oven for an hour, stirring once about half way through (I didn't stir). Remove bay leaf and serve warm.
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