I made my little boy one of my favorite lunch meals for us to share ...in an effort to stop using tinned beans for cooking and to start using more varieties of overnight soaked dried beans ...I have slowly tweaked a preparation for Navy Beans that has become my absolute favorite! I simmer the beans with a bit of dried Basil and a sprinkling of dried Coriander Seed which gives a lovely little tasty crunch ...then mix it all up with a lot of sweet cream butter! mmm I serve the lovely butter beans with a very simple Coconut Curry Pork and a pile of freshly shredded Lemony Apple.
Sometime ago we started offering a Cheese Course after our meals in an effort to improve my little boys Cheese taste buds ...and although that has gone swimmingly an unfortunate by-product of the effort has produced the opportunity for my son to take one look at the offered family meal, turn up his nose and pronounce, "Fromage!" .This started happening around the timing of this particular meal ...and I didn't have a game plan set up to deal with this particular situation ...my fears always lean towards worst case scenarios and I imagined him forever refusing his meal and just choosing to eat his Fromage-Cheese course for the rest of his known life. So as our lovely lunch was met with his negative refusals and a pronouncement for the Fromage course ...I was verging on my last nerve. In the moment I decided that he should really have at least one taste and I began the downward spiral of "just one taste? ..C'mon please ...Just one taste my son?" understandably his refusals became even more intense ...the meal that I was so very much enjoying... [just take a look at that lovely picture I took of it!!! umYum]...
...Wonderful Parenting moment right? Well, it should have been but here is where it went horribly wrong...as we sat together while he read and ate his Pork Curry I still just wanted him to TRY the butter Beans, they were SO good and I just couldn't let it go... So unfortunately I digressed ...badly ..maybe it was because it was my birthday and I wanted him to give me this "gift" of eating or at least trying everything on his plate ..I don't know why but I continued asking him to taste them and then proceeded to make the Cheese course and even put it in front of him and brought a bean for him to taste ...he still refused ...I took away the cheese course ..crying on the floor [him, but I wanted to join him] ...after his crying stopped I followed him around the house and finally put the buttery Bean in his mouth!!!!
..aaah Terrible Terrible! why did I throw out all of the rules-a positive but firm attitude - no pushiness - etc. etc. I totally lost the script on this one ...and inevitably it all came crashing down ...I realized just how very wrong I was.
At that moment all I wanted to do was hold him and apologize profusely ...but the damage had been done and now I could only just try to make it right again ...I gave my boy back the Cheese Course and we sat quietly to eat ...he happily ate all of his Cheese ...and as we sat their together I recalled a little detail I had read in the Karen Le Billon book stating that the French always end the meal with something sweet to also leave the memory of it a sweet one. This was more necessary that day than ever! So I pulled out the most lovely sweet ending I could think of ...a little piece of Baci Chocolate. I placed it before my dear boy and watched him lovingly and happily unwrap his special treat. I slipped out the little Love Poem that it included and my eyes welled up with tears as I read ....
"Day by day and night by night we were together all else has long been forgotten by me."
Sauté chunks of Pork Loin in oil just until becomes golden - Mix Pork with your favourite Curry Powder and moisten with as much Coconut Milk as you like - Simmer until the Pork is cooked through and the sauce has reduced - Add more Coconut Milk to finish if the sauce looks broken or too dry - adjust seasoning with Salt to taste -
Soak as much Navy Beans as you will need for 24 hours - place in a pot and cover with water - sprinkle in a few pinches of dried a Basil & a small pinch of dried Coriander Seed - sprinkle a small pinch of Salt - Bring to boil and simmer for aprx 30-40 minutes until Beans are just softened - Drain Beans and mix with enough sweet unsalted Butter to thoroughly coat your beans - A lot of Salt is needed, add a bit at a time until it tastes flavourful and buttery deliciousness!
<one more method that I also" enjoy is to melt the butter in a sauté pan and then sauté the beans until they get just a bit crunchy and browed which produces a lovely texture of buttery Beans>