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Dec. 10th, 2012

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(serves 4 - and it did)

Ingredients
1 cup dried rose cocoa beans (I used 1 tin of Four Bean Mix and that worked fine)
1 large eggplant, thinly sliced
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 3/4 cups canned tomatoes, mashed (I used 4 medium sized fresh ones)
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
salt & pepper
oil

Cheese sauce
2 tbsp butter
4 tbsp plain flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
grated nutmeg to taste
salt & pepper

Method
Soak the beans overnight and cook until you can mash them with a fork. Drain. Or, you know, just open a tin and drain, then mash.

Preheat the oven to about 200C. Sprinkle the eggplant slices with salt and allow to stand in a colander for 30 minutes then rinse and pat dry if that's what floats your boat, or you could just skip to the next step.

Heat some oil in a pan and fry the eggplant gently until cooked. Set aside.

Add some more oil to the pan and fry the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme and seasoning, and heat through, stirring. Mix in the beans. Set aside.

To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a thick-bottomed saucepan. Stir in the flour, then gradually add the milk, stirring all the time, until the sauce bubbles and thickens. Turn down the heat, add the cheese and stir until melted. Season with nutmeg and add salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble, spread a layer of the bean mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish and top with eggplant slices. Spread thinly with cheese sauce. Rinse repeat, till you run out of stuff. The recipe says finish with the sauce. Sprinkle a bit of cheese on top, bake in oven for 30-40 minutes.

It says serve with a crisp green salad.

YUM.

Comments:

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From:ecosopher
Date:December 10th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
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Ooh, this looks divine. I think I will have to try it. The awesome thing is, I know for sure M won't eat it, so I will likely have it all to myself. Yay :D
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From:ecosopher
Date:December 10th, 2012 08:45 am (UTC)
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Also, I was going to ask: what size tin of beans did you use? Just the standard 400g or something size, or the taller tin?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 10th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
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Yep, just the standard size. And I can vouch for its yumminess. ;-)
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From:forestgreenivy
Date:December 12th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I ADORE beans. As in, dude, I have a full tin for breakfast every day. Growing up I really didn't like meat at all (I would hide it and the cats would later find it and eat it) but I loved my beans.

Sadly, my husband isn't into beans as much as I am so I can't really prepare lots of dishes that are heavy on beans. But there are things I can do... such as one day I'm going to make chili but go very heavy on the beans for my pot, and put meat in his pot. So what I could do for this recipe is make everything except put beans on my portion and put meat on his.

Oh, but he doesn't like eggplant either. *Sigh* Good grief. You know... all my serious relationships have NEVER been with another fellow vegetarian. Dangit. (I love most veggies, but I don't really like courgettes though.)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 12th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
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When I met Dr Wheel he was vegetarian, but as time has gone by he's become more carnivorous and I've become more herbivorous till now we're about in the middle.

Although, when we do nachos, I do the vegie ones and he does the meat ones. Weird.
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