The other day I posted an image of Carracci’s painting of the “Mangiafagioli … The Bean Eater” and in another post I clarified a term used in a don Camillo story, “mangiapreti… priest eater” (a really anti-clerical person).
I determined that I would be a priest bean eater, and make some Tuscan-style beans: fagioli al fiasco. Tuscany is famous for their wonderful wines, big steaks and great beans.
I consulted a few recipes and it all was pretty straight forward. In general, you put your beans, water and some garlic, salt, pepper, sage and maybe other herbs with olive oil into a fiasco, which is a bulb-shaped wine bottle (when you see straw around Chianti bottles, that’s because they were blown into a bulb shape and can’t stand up), and then stick it down into the ashes of the waning fire in your hearth. It needs to have a small hole through the cork to let steam out. Cotton balls work. By morning your beans are ready.
I don’t have a hearth. An alternative, would have been to seal them up – nearly – in, say, a jar placed in hot water. Too much trouble. Maybe next time. So, I used my crock pot.
First, soak cannellini beans over night.
The next day…
Salt, pepper, including whole corns, sage, rosemary, water and a little chicken stock, olive oil.
I used my Clement XVI mug for perfect pouring style.
After a few hours of torment from the wonderful profumo.
About an hour before they were done, I threw in a handful of cherry tomatoes.
Over these beans, I put some first pressing, olio nuovo, from a really good press on the Left Coast. Good olive oil is like liquid sunshine.
Speaking of Italian Beans…, this writer is sealed up in a fantasy bubble.
Once, in previous Church history, character assassination of a fellow Catholic you wanted to get rid of always included accusation of heresy. This kind of insinuation is an updated version of it. https://t.co/txLx68HxtS
— Massimo Faggioli (@MassimoFaggioli) August 13, 2018
Sigh. Anyway… rather than talk about the Big Beans here, stick to the Tuscan beans and the more pleasant topic of the kitchen. If you want to comment on Beans and the Poster, please go HERE. Again… no creepy poster here. RESIST the temptation.
Hereunder, stick to the better beans.