- 2 cups white rice
- 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil (My mother used vegetable oil most of the time.)
- 1 onion, thinly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Place the rice in a colander, and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
- Add the oil to the saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, and stir until the onion is yellow and the garlic is golden.
- Add the rice, and stir frequently until the rice begins to turn a golden color.
- Add the hot water and salt. Add more salt to taste, if you like.
- When the water comes to a boil, lower the heat, cover the saucepan, and cook for about fifteen minutes or until the water has been fully absorbed.
My Mother’s Beans
- 1 bag (12 ounces) dry black beans or brown beans
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large piece chorizo or smoked sausage, cubed
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 onion, diced into ¼-inch pieces
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 green pepper, diced into ¼-inch pieces
- 1 tomato, diced into ¼-inch pieces (Add only if you aren’t going to freeze the beans.)
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar (secret ingredient)
- Soak the beans for at least two hours.
- Add two tablespoons of the olive oil to a large saucepan at medium heat.
- Add the chorizo, and cook it until it turns brown.
- Add the presoaked beans, and cover them with water up to twice the amount of the beans.
- Add the bay leaves.
- When the water starts to boil, cover the pan, lower the heat, and cook for two hours.
- In a separate saucepan, add the remaining olive oil, onion, and garlic, turning the heat to low. Cook until the onion and garlic are golden brown.
- Add the green pepper and tomato, and cook until the vegetables are soft.
- Add three ladles of the cooked beans, and smash them with a wooden mallet.
- Add the black pepper, cumin, and salt to taste. Cook for ten minutes on low heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, and vegetables to the large saucepan.
- Add the vinegar, stir, and cook for another thirty minutes on low heat.
- Add parsley to taste and more salt, if you like, and serve.
PS: Make it vegan by removing the chorizo.