Weekend Happenings & Black Beans

Hi friends! Sorry I didn't post yesterday, things have been extra CRAY around these here waters. 

I hope y'all had lovely weekends and enjoyed your Cinco de Mayos. In honor of the holiday and my efforts to only eat at home and get beach ready, I made black beans. They are delightful. Recipe below:

I forgot to take a pic, since they were so delicious I was just anxious to eat them! Keep in mind, you need to soak the beans overnight, so plan accordingly. 

MAD'S BLACK BEAN RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 bag of dry black beans

- 1 Onion, roughly chopped

-5-6 cloves of fresh garlic, roughly chopped

- 2-3 cubes of chicken or beef or veggie (lots of options!) bouillon, you can always use regular salt, but I think this adds more flava

THIS IS HOW WE DOOOO IT:

- Rinse your beans in a collander, then add them to a big bowl, add 2 TB baking soda, and cover them with water. Give them a little whiz so the baking soda mixes well

-The next day, re-rinse the beans, and add them to a pot with water (just enough water to cover) Bring it to just under a boil, and let it simmer for about 25 minnies. 

-Once you can see that the beans are softening, add your garlic and onion, stir and re-cover. 

-About 20 minutes later, add your seasonings of choice (chicken bouillon in my case) and stir. 

-Let them simmer about 15 more minutes, or until they have reached your desired consistency. 

-NOM ON THEM. 

-I always top mine with a little cilantro and creme fraiche. You can sub Greek yogurt/sour cream and add queso fresco or any other cheese of preference. I went cheese-less in an effort to not cancel out the 45 minutes of Tracy Anderson turture I had endured pre-bean feast. 

AND NOW:

This weekend was very relaxing. I spent the majority of it by the pool, and the rest was just breezy as can be. MainSqueeze is on a business trip, so I've been partner-in-crime-less (but there's an exciting twist coming up soon!)

Sunday morning I met up with Foodie Photo Blog for brunch at Dish Society

 Pardon the phone shadow. Standard breakfast and Nutella French toast lurking in the back

Pardon the phone shadow. Standard breakfast and Nutella French toast lurking in the back

She ordered a tasty juice concoction, I went for my standard vanilla bean latte, and we sat outside in the glorious weather. I ordered a standard breakfast, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast with a delightfully light homemade strawberry compote. We decided we HAD to try the Nutella french toast, and it was #worthit. She ordered the breakfast tacos, and they got a thumbs up. 

 Breakfast tacos

Breakfast tacos

Overall, I give it a B+. Standard, good breakfast, but nothing to write long letters home about. But I'd go back.  The B+ is also because I ordered my eggs scrambled with cheese and they were just plain, no seasoning or cheese! However, I'm willing to let it slide this once.

STORY TIME:

So for those who know me, you'll know that I'm a freak when it comes to spelling things correctly. Especially on printed items. So you can imagine the OCD craze that I went into when I saw this at a local sushi restaurant who shall remain nameless as the sushi and service were both highly unremarkable. But it made me laugh.

 I spy......TWO GLARING SPELLING MISTAKES (and one extra for my Spanish speakers out there)

I spy......TWO GLARING SPELLING MISTAKES (and one extra for my Spanish speakers out there)

I mean..... PROOFREAD. Sigh. Rant over. I hope you found it funny though!

Happy 6 of May, happy almost hump day, happy day in general? I'll be back tomorrow with more fun thangs.