Stewed Butter Beans/Habas Mantequillas Guisados

Hello my lovelies! I’m back again with a new vegan and vegetarian recipe for the cold winter. 

INGREDIENTS


Around 250 grams of Butter Beans soaked for 8 hours at least.
1 Onion chopped,     

2 Cloves of Crushed Garlic or more to taste

1/4 of a Sweet Pepper diced,

A Few Sprigs of Fresh Thyme.

SPICE MIX

1 Tablespoon of  Aji Amarillo Chilli-This medium hot chilli powder is from Peru,and has an intense sweetness and smoky flavour. Ideal in dishes when mild fruity heat is required.

1 Teaspoon of Shahi Kala Jeera(Black Cumin Seeds)-These cumin seeds have an intense smoky and nutty flavour, and go well with red meats and vegetables that need serious flavour injection.

1 Teaspoon of  Cinnamon or less

1 Teaspoon of Powdered Ginger

1 Teaspoon of Pimento(Jamaican Allspice Berries)

**1 Tablespoon of Fish/Crayfish Powder(Very Optional, if totally vegetarian do not add.)

Sea Salt and Black Pepper to taste

*1 Small Strip of Ghost Chilli(Optional, just for contrast of flavour and heat level.

Olive oil for sauteeing

METHOD

Drain the beans, and boil in lightly salted water, for at least 45 minutes in a pot, or cook for 20 minutes in a pressure cooker, until tender. 


Sauté the onion and pepper adding garlic and spice mix-Grind spices in a mortar and pestle/electric grinder first.


Add the beans when they have cooked, to the pot with the spiced onion mixture. Add the crayfish/fish powder. 

Add water, and allow to bubble for ten minutes. After this time the stew will be ready. Serve hot with rice,bread assortment of vegetable dishes or alongside a meat dish.


Disfrutalo!!

Stewed Pigtails With Pepita Seasoning #2/Cola De Cerdo Con Sazón De Pepita #2

Hello all!! Like the previous post, Time To Make Lemonade, which details the onward struggle to turn Mariposaoro into a known and viable business; I have come up with how to showcase using my Pepita Seasoning on foods. rather than using it as a sandwich filling and dip. In this recipe, I am using my Pepita Seasoning #2 with pigtails, stewed with a few aromatics and served over rice. Oxtail could be a good substitute, but add the seasoning  in the last hour of cooking time, unless using a pressure cooker like I have for this recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Around 1.5kgs Of Pigtails/Oxtails, washed in lemon juice and water and drained.

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Cumin, Ground Ginger, Pimenton Dulce, Tomato Paste,Pepita Seasoning, and Ground Pimento.

1/2 a Jar of Pepita Seasoning #2-This is a vegan friendly seasoning, created by me with a base of pumpkin seeds, onion, bell peppers, dried limes, rosemary and parsley.

Click here for Pepita Seasoning#2 recipe

 

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Pepita Seasoning#2

1 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger, Pimenton Dulce(Smoked Paprika), and Ground Pimento.
1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste

Method

Firstly, put the meat into a pressure cooker, filling it until it just covers the meat. Cover, and if using oxtail pressure cook for around 45 minutes on high heat for  around 25 minutes, turning down for the remaining 20 minutes. If cooking the original meat, the pigtails, cook on high heat for 20 minutes, then on lower heat for 10 minutes.
Cooked boiled pigtails
Cooked boiled pigtails

When the meat is cooked, drain the water and set aside. In another pot, fry the seasoning in a small amount of oil, adding the spices and tomato paste. Do this for at least 5 minutes.

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Afterwards, add the meat, and leave on a bubbling simmer in the pot for around 10 minutes, adding at least two cups of water or around 500mls.

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Pigtails simmering

The end dish should have a lovely velvety sauce, which is thick and flavoursome.  Stir to prevent from sticking. Serve hot with rice, potatoes, cassava, and salad…. If you’re like me, perhaps some wine too! Disfrutalo!!

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Pigtails, Rice and Salad with Wine

 

 

 

Spicy Black Eyed Peas With Mushrooms And Pumpkin Greens/Guisantes De Ojos Negros Con Hongos Y Verduras De Calabaza

Here is another quick, tasty bean and pumpkin greens dish, this time with cloud mushrooms and in a rich tomato sauce. I served it as an alternative to meat sauce and pasta. If you wish, use different beans, and cheeses, or if vegan, use nutritional yeast powder/vegan cheese supplement.

SERVES 3-4

INGREDIENTS

250 grams of Black Eyed Peas, soaked overnight for 8 hours. Or use 1 can of black eyed peas.
1 Small Onion diced,
2 Cloves of Garlic crushed,
3-4 Cloud Mushrooms (These can be bought from a Chinese store. Presoak in hot water until softened.)
Half a Pack of Dried Pumpkin Greens (Ugu in an African store), or fresh greens/spinach.
1 Tin Of Tomatoes
Salt to taste.

SPICE MIX:

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1 Bay Leaf, 1 & 1/2 Teaspoons of Pimento Seeds,Dried Thyme,Cumin,Annatto Powder, and 1 Small Piece of Moruga Scorpion Chilli-This is an extremely hot chilli, from Trinidad, with an aroma and taste similar to dark chocolate,with warm nutmeg notes. Use milder chilli, if you’re not brave enough! Hahahahaha!!
Oil to sauté

METHOD

Firstly,rinse the peas,and put them to cook in the pressure cooker with water cover covering over them by 2 inches. Leave on a high heat to pressurize for 20 minutes. Then turn down the heat for around 10 minutes or less.

Grind spices.
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Then in a pot, boil the dried mushrooms and pumpkin greens, for 10 minutes, until they plump up. Drain and rinse free from grit. Chop onion and garlic:

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Then chop the mushrooms:

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Chopped Cloud Mushrooms

Then chop the pumpkin greens,after moving the stalks:

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Ugu(Pumpkin Greens)

In a pan fry the onions and garlic, after around 5 minutes,add the mushrooms and greens,

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then add the tomatoes and spices:

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Leave to bubble gently until onions have softened and mushrooms have cooked for at least another 10 minutes. If the peas have cooked, quickly cool the pressure cooker(If using a manual one), by pouring cold water over the weight of the pot, until it stops hissing. Check the softness of the peas. You don’t want them too soft,but cooked and firm.

It would be advised to fry the onion at least, whilst the peas are cooking in the pressure cooker or earlier to save time.

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The sauce and beans should be cooked for around 10 minutes,meanwhile boil some pasta. Check seasoning, and serve, if desired, with cheese,nutritional yeast, or vegan cheese. Disfrutalo!!

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Finished dish

**This also makes a great breakfast dish alongside vegetarian sausages,eggs, or on top of toast.