Monday, March 7, 2011

Nontraditional Traditional Monday Supper


Red beans and rice is a traditional Monday meal. Here's what Emeril says about it in his book, Louisiana Real and Rustic - "Monday wouldn't be Monday in Louisiana without red beans and rice. Legend has it that since Monday was traditionally wash day, an all-day affair before electric washers and dryers, a pot of red beans spent the morning simmering on the back of the stove. If there was a ham bone left over from Sunday's dinner, it was thrown into the pot of
beans. The marrow from the cracked bone and a good amount of herbs and spices made the beans tasty; long cooking made them tender and creamy. When the laundry was done, so were the beans. Red beans ladled over fresh steamed rice with a pile of French bread for sopping up every last drop, this is the dish and the day of the week that trans-
planted Louisianans miss most..."

I didn't plan on eating them today because it was traditional. It was a combination of having all the ingredients and the time this morning to get them going. Every time I've tried to cook them lately, either my garlic was bad, or I was out of a seasoning, or... So I finally got them made today ;)

So why nontraditional?
1. Mine were vegan
2. Mine were served with brown rice
3. Mine were served with garlic crescent rolls

And they were yummy!

"Breakfast" - 1/2 cup coffee w/usual (spent the morning prepping the beans LOL)
Lunch - tuna salad salad; Ghirardelli square
Supper - vegan red beans; (instant) brown rice; garlic crescent rolls; roasted carrots; Rice Dream "ice cream" w/Reddi-wip and homemade chocolate syrup (will post recipe later)

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