Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Freakin' at the Freakers Ball

Today I downloaded some old episodes of Grammar Girl*, which much to my amusement included the show: Spoonerisms, Mondegreens, Eggcorns, and Malapropisms. A popular intentional spoonerism is a book by Shel Silverstein entitled Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook. I listened to this at work today, and as I started to watch tonight's dinner come together, I heard my old Dr. Hook CD come on iTunes. The song, Freakin' at the Freakers Ball, was written by Shel Silverstein. Since most people probably don't think about old Shel more than once a year, let alone twice in a day. I smirked and tipped my hat to Jung, my dad, and my best friend Ed who would have said, "There's a little synchro for you."

So, in honor of Shel, I give to you...

Freakers Ball BBQ Beans

This picture sucks so much ass, but my batteries were about to die and I was hungry.

Serves 4-6

First of all, I highly recommend cooking your own beans during these tough economic times (aren't y'all sick of hearing that?). Three cups water, one cup beans, a bouquet garni, and a slow cooker is all you need. I cooked the beans for this recipe on low for over 24 hours, and I wound up with tender beans, and a really nice gravy.

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, diced
1 cup dried pinto or navy beans, cooked or 2 cans of same, drained and rinsed.
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp tomato paste
1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1 tbsp molasses

Sauté onion in oil until it starts to soften. Add garlic. Cook and stir for about a minute, then add beans. In a bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients. Salt to taste. Stir into beans. Heat through. Serve with greens and beers.

* I am calling immunity for any grammatical errors in this post. If I was perfect, I wouldn't have to listen to GG.


herbivore said...

Good idea. My crock pot is highly under utilized. My mom is always sending me recipes for crock pots, as well as yapping at me about grocery bills. (I am the one who does the shopping...) Plus I think I have a bunch of beans in the lazy susan, so I shouldn't be buying the canned ones anyway.

I will do that. :)

allularpunk said...

i love shel silverstein! and your beans look mighty delicious.

zlamushka said...

I have been vegan for 2 years and I know sometimes I would kill for a good meaty BBQ... that is probably why my will broke along the way :-( now after two years of crap diet, I am re-living my vegan journey again with my 21-day vegan challenge, as from what I was told, it takes three weeks to change one´s habits....

I ll be back for more inspiration :-)