Sarah's Recipe Blog Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:28:27 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Jun 29, 2012 <p> Sasha and I ran the relay race that James and Allie put on for their wedding day.&nbsp; Really cute idea..great family event...loved it.&nbsp; Thank you to Jake's team for donating their 1st place award money to the Pachev family.&nbsp; That was a beautiful gesture and we really appreciated it.&nbsp; We took the kids out to dinner that day. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Bonnie flew in for the relay and it was great to see her in person.&nbsp; She mentioned that she missed my recipe blog.&nbsp; I'm going to try and make a few entries in it while I'm pregnant and have my hands a bit freer.&nbsp;</p><p>For those of you who have never looked at my recipes I cook by principles..not recipes..these are general ideas and not measured recipes..sorry if that bugs but that's just how I cook.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Today's lunch is going to be black beans and basmati brown rice.&nbsp; I love love love to cook using my food storage and garden.&nbsp; When I can create meals from them I feel that I am truly a sucessful cook.&nbsp; A few months ago a cooked up a gigantic pot of black beans.&nbsp; I learned super yummy bean making tricks from my Russian friend Yulia Draschil.&nbsp; To cook the beans I used the quick method.&nbsp; I have a 12 quart pot that I fill up about 3/4 of the way.&nbsp; I bring this water to boiling and then add the beans.&nbsp; 4 parts water to 1 part beans is a good ratio.&nbsp; </p><p>I add my beans to the boiling water and let them cook for 1 minute and then cover them and remove them from the heat.&nbsp; They need to sit for 1 hour or so.&nbsp; The black beans usually cook a little faster then pinto or kidney but need about 2 1/2 hours.&nbsp; While I'm bringing the beans and water to a boil again after the hour has passed I add my spices: garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt to taste. &nbsp; Then I add in 1 whole peeled onion, 1 or 2 whole tomoatoes ( don't chop) 1 whole pepper (de stemmed) and three or four garlic cloves (whole).&nbsp; These are taken out again at the end and make a very rich and delicious broth.&nbsp; </p><p>I used part of this for dinner that day and then froze the rest in small manageable portions.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;The rice I cook with 2 parts water and 1 part rice. </p><p>&nbsp;For the beans I sauted half an onion in olive oil, add the beans, a couple of diced chicken sausages from Costco (my favorite brand is adells chicken and apple), some diced up herbs and chard from the garden and two cut up garlic cloves.&nbsp; I let this simmer for about ten minutes and serve it with the rice and some fresh veggies.&nbsp; You can basically add any combination or spices to the beans.&nbsp; I put in every kind of herb I grow and it is delicious (oregano, chives, parsley and basil)&nbsp;&nbsp; Happy Healthy Eating!<br /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br /></p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:00:00