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Cannellini Beans with Bacon and Sage

Published 19 September, 2006

Straight into tonight's gluten free recipe, as I'm trying to watch my fave BBC spy programme Spooks....

500g of dried cannellini beans soaked for 6 hours, then boiled hard for 10 minutes and left to simmer for 1 hour.
OR 3 400g tins of cannellini beans
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 fresh bay leaves
6 sprigs of fresh thyme
14 fresh sage leaves
2 large onions finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
4 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, chopped into small strips
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
juice of 1 lemon.
4 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped.
Seasoning to taste

Saute the onions and garlic, with 4 of the sage leaves, for about 10 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the bacon pieces and cook.

Meanwhile, heat up the beans with either the water you cooked the beans in, or with fresh water if you're using tinned beans. Add the thyme and sage leaves and white pepper. When the onion and bacon is ready, add to the herby beans. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Just before you serve, add the lemon juice, fresh parsley and season to taste.

I must admit I had a problem with this recipe - what do you serve it with? In the end, we had it with fresh corn on the cob. It's a strange one to me to only have one "thing" on my plate - usually there is rice or polenta or some other starchy thing. Well, I proved myself wrong as it was truely delicious and didn't need anything else to make it a complete meal.

Baby had herby garlic polenta, cubed and lightly fried, with some mashed beans and whole ones to throw at the terriers. Luckily my food is back in favour in baby land. Demands from baby for corn on the cob encouraged us to give her one to chew on (with only a few kernels), which she was delighted with (safety note - we always sit with baby when she eats and are aware that things like sweetcorn may present a choking hazard).

Note to self; leave bedroom door open tonight to ensure any noxious bean gases are free to roam the house and leave space for life giving oxygen!

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