Pork & beans like a lady



Afternoon rolled around, my tum started growling, and I had to begin thinking about lunch for today — and for the rest of the week! After running through a quick inventory of yesterday’s purchases and my already-existing stash of leftovers, I gathered a number of things together.

Clockwise from top left: one cup cooked pork (saved and frozen after a work party six weeks ago!), Dominican rice (from the same party!) + cooked pearled barley (from mom) + sofrito sauce (from coworker Inginia), Jack D BBQ sauce (I would have made some myself, but this was sitting so tantalizingly on the fridge door), two-thirds head of cabbage (yesterday’s groceries), three cups cooked Great Northern beans (from a bag of dried beans I got at the farmers’ market last spring), and one cup chopped grape tomatoes (yesterday’s groceries):


I thinly chopped the cabbage, steamed it, and mixed half of it with the beans, tomatoes, pork, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, garlic, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and two Tbsp chicken stock. Then, I simmered everything in a loosely-covered pot so the flavors could mingle:


I mixed the rice and barley combo with the other half of the steamed cabbage and added s&p and a tsp of minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce:


The quantities worked out perfectly: pork & beans made six 3/4 cup servings, and the sofrito grain blend made six 1/2 cup servings.

Today’s lunch with dramatic mood lighting:


Between the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce and the teacup and saucer, this meal is practically exploding with class, don’t you think?


And for dessert, a half cup of cantaloupe (I sprinkled on some nutmeg after the picture — soooo happy to have nutmeg again!):


In true teatime fashion, I didn’t sit down to this lunch until about 3:30 or 4, so dinner will probably be something snackier and dessertier — can’t wait!

5 thoughts on “Pork & beans like a lady

  1. mom says:

    Sar-Check out my comment on the crockpot oats recipe section . I doubt you’ll be reading comments there,and that’s where I made one,don’t know how to transfer it to the home page comment section. Is there a way to do that?


    • Sarah says:

      and here i thought you were going to compliment me on my pretty lunch presentation :-). don’t worry, mom – i get an email anytime someone comments anywhere. how did the crockpot oats turn out?


  2. fitforfree says:

    hey! thanks so much for your comment — it really means a lot. and we do sound like we have a lot in common!!

    i think i want to teach . . . applying for programs right now, but nothing is finalized! your graduate program sounds great!


  3. Daddy says:

    I’m glad to see that all these years in NY have not prevented you from remaining a lady. Your pictures are getting better, the food even more interesting looking, and your headlines can be hysterical. Signed, Proud in North Attleboro


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