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Sunday Morning

As atheists our Sundays are a day of rest without the guilt of original sin and so forth - which is really rather nice. Anyway – occasionally – we cook a special Sunday breakfast: Baked Beans English Style! With Champagne (or at least a sparkling wine).

In the UK, baked beans are almost always vegetarian/vegan. They are basically Haricot beans in tomato sauce. We like to make our own. Here's the very simple recipe:

1 medium onion chopped fine.
2 cloves garlic squashed or chopped very fine.
1 cooking apple (Bramley or similar in the UK - the sharpest you can find in the USA) peeled and coarsely grated.
250ml (1/2 cup) unsweetened (preferably organic) apple juice.
1 400g size (14 oz) can organic chopped tomatoes.
1 400g size (14 oz) can organic Haricot beans (preferably unsalted) - Navy beans in the USA.
1 tbsp tomato paste.
1 tbsp Wilkins or HP brown sauce (in the USA substitute 1 tbsp good quality tomato ketchup + a tsp of soy sauce)

Sauté the onions and garlic in about 2 tbsp olive oil until the onions are soft and golden – usually about 10 minutes.

Empty the can of beans into a sieve and wash under cold water – this will help to wash away excess salt if this has been added to the can. Add the beans and the apple juice to the saucepan and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add all the other ingredients, bring gently to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. It does have a tendency to burn on the bottom of the pan if you are not careful.

Serve on wholemeal toast and Marmite (so English! - but it provides the day's salt and vitamin B12 ration). You can buy Marmite in the USA - why not try it - spread it thinly on toast (no fat). You might even like it! Serve with grilled (broiled) vegan sausages and mustard as an added extra.

Serve with a glass (or two) of sparkling wine. The nice thing about most Champagne, Cava and sparkling wines is that they are quite low in alcohol (usually 11.5%) so you can enjoy a couple of glasses.

Enjoy! Rest the spirit. Relax.


There is also very good Vegan Worcestershire Sauce available - a 1/2 teaspoon or so of that adds a touch of piquancy to the beans.
Date posted: Sunday, 05 Apr 2009 | posted by: debenriver

I got quite a bit of flak about the 'original sin' comment. I stand firmly by it. I refuse to countenance the idea that we (life on this planet - or anywhere else for that matter) have committed any sin by, or should have any guilt in respect of, being born.
Date posted: Monday, 06 Apr 2009 | posted by: debenriver

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