Preparation: 10 min
Cooking: 60 min
This is an easy, cheap and nutritious dish that actually improves over the next few days so keep any leftovers in the fridge.
½ kg / 1.1 pound dried white navy beans, soaked overnight
½ cup olive oil
1 large onion, diced or grated
2-3 carrots, sliced in thin rounds
a small bunch of celery, roughly chopped
1 ½ tbsp of tomato paste
salt and pepper
Soak the beans overnight. The next day, put the beans in a deep pan and cover with fresh water. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and drain them in a colander.
Sauté the onions first, then add the carrots, the celery and finally the beans. Add the tomato paste and cover with water. Do NOT add any salt or pepper yet.
Simmer for about an hour until the beans are tender. If you use a pressure cooker, 10 minutes should be enough. Taste and -finally!- season.
Serve with Tabasco sauce or feta cheese, anchovies and olives. If you feel adventurous try adding chilli peppers and garlic for a stronger effect.
Food for thought
The return of Charles Dickens.
In London of December 1952, twelve thousand people were killed due to heavy smog caused by the immense burning of coal. In Athens of December 2012, there is hardly a family that can afford to pay the double price for heating oil after the government raised the tax and pushed up the prices for 1.40-1.60 euro per litre and have thus resorted to burning wood, newspapers, old furniture, whatever they can afford.
As Yiannis Larios, the photographer, wrote: “This is Athens of shame. This is today’s (actually yesterday’s) photograph from earlier on. There is no plan, only a mandarin-style inspiration of irrational increase in heating oil. It brings one-fourth in tax revenue and has turned Athens into a chamber of soot. An experiment conducted by idiots at the expense of the health of us all. Share this.”