Comfort Food…..

Happy New Year everyone!! May it be a wonderful year for all of you and your families!

Well back to school, back to life and back to normality for us here in Morocco. It was a very short break for us but we did manage to do a day trip or two and a quick trip down the coast to a gorgeous town called Essaouria, which I will tell you all about one of these fine days.


At the moment it is cold and rainy here and there is a definite need for some comfort food! Beans….Spanish style…spicy and hot with some red pepper and chorizo….


For a quicker version you could use tinned butterbeans for this, but I used white beans that I soaked overnight in water and then cooked for about two hours with some onion, bay leaf, thyme and olive oil. Click here if you would like more info on cooking dried beans.


250g White Beans, soaked overnight and cooked


2 tins Butter Beans


2 Tbs Olive Oil

2 carrots, diced

2 leeks, sliced

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

1 bay leaf

1 Tbs Thyme leaves

1 Tsp finely chopped red chilli (or more if you like it hot!)

1 large red pepper sliced

1 spicy chorizo sausage, sliced

2 cloves garlic finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the carrots, leeks, celery, chilli, bay leaf and thyme and fry for a few minutes until softened. Add the garlic, red pepper and chorizo and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Add the prepared beans with about ½ cup of the liquid and the tomatoes and leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes are soft.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with some fresh bread.









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5 Responses to “Comfort Food…..”

  1. on 05 Jan 2010 at 10:24 pm Wendy

    I adore Essaouria! Can’t wait for you to write about that! Great photo’s by the way – they are really brightening up some horribly cold and dark days in the UK.

  2. on 06 Jan 2010 at 10:56 am Jeanne

    Oooh, sunshine!! How envious you make me… As I sit here it’s snowing outside :( Those beans look fantastic – definitely related to the chickpea and chorizo dish I posted in December. Great minds think alike ;-) A belated but very happy new year to you!

  3. on 06 Jan 2010 at 10:37 pm cherie

    What a great way to start the year! Sunshine in January? Sooo jealous!

  4. on 09 Jan 2010 at 8:12 pm Kevin

    Those beans look tasty!

  5. on 01 Mar 2010 at 6:41 pm Lindsey

    Oh wow. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow and this will be perfect for dinner.

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