October 3, 2008
I am a bad blogger. I have been eating and cooking, but no blogging. At the moment I am trying to resist getting a cold. I am also preparing for my first trip overseas. Next week, my husband and I are flying over to England to attend the wedding of my dear friend. We will also be traveling to London to see the sights. I can’t wait!
A lot of what I have been cooking this past week involved cleaning out the fridge. I still have an eggplant and a large head of purple cabbage that I might have to give away because I don’t think I will be able to cook it before we leave.
However, these delightful wraps were made last week and they are very simple.
To start with, I sliced the eggplant into half inches slices. I also sliced up some yellow bell peppers and green onions. I marinated all the vegetables in this jerk sauce for about 6 hours while I was at work. I am sure that amount of time is unnecessary, but I would let it sit for at least an hour The sauce is tasty, but it contains high fructose corn syrup, something I usually avoid.
Next, I lugged out my largest cast iron frying pan and poured the marinade and the veggies in to the pan, covering it with a lid. While the veggies simmered, for about 20 minutes, I started the rice, using about 1/2 a cup of dried rice. I have to be careful with rice, as I always cook to much. Even 1/2 cup of dried rice makes too much for just me and Mark to eat.
I use a royal blend of rice because I like it, but brown rice also works well. As the rice cooks, I started the beans. I could live on canned black beans forever, provided I had enough spices on hand. To make my beans, I heat a small amount of olive oil in a pan and then I add two or three cloves of crushed garlic and let the garlic cook down for a bit.
I then add the beans. I only use Goya black beans. I don’t drain the beans completely, as I like to leave a little bit of liquid to act as a sauce. While the beans are heating on medium heat, I add all of the seasonings I like:
Sazón Goya . This is the particular Sazón I use, but feel free to try others.
Cocoa powder. Try it! It brings a richness to the beans. I use about 1/4 teaspoon
Splash of Frank’s hot sauce.
I let this all simmer until it gets kinda goopy. Yes, this is a technical term in my kitchen. When the rice is cooked, mix the beans into the the warm rice and give it a good stir. By this point, the eggplant should be nice and tender.
I used garlic and herb wraps, carrot ribbons, and baby spinach for the wraps and veggies, but I think other veggies would be just as good. This makes about 4 or 5 servings, so it is good for dinner and then lunch the next day.
The next time we talk, I will be telling you about my tomato vegetable soup that was borne from needing to clean out the crisper drawer. Have a great day and keep cooking!