SALAD WITH RED BEANS COOKED IN WINE WITH FETA CHEESE AND THYME

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Finally a glutenfree recipe so that I can promote Karina’s of [Gluten Free] Goddess GF search engine (you find it in the right hand margin), I think she is doing a great job adding recipes all the time and the fact that she includes recipes from sources other than GF food blogs makes it even richer in my eyes. You find recipes from Lucullian as well and when I was going through all the recipes I have posted here (well I restricted myself to 2006) I realized both that there are so many naturally glutenfree dishes and that I have been posting an incredible amount of recipes and that the sad thing is that I rarely remember to cook them as I’m always experimenting with new dishes and recipes. If I had the energy I would include links to related recipes in my posts but I haven’t even got the energy and time to update the recipe index…
Anyway, I have a wonderful two volume 19th century cookbook on French cooking that I sometimes take a look in to get some ideas, you know, one thing leads to another and so on, and I saw that they had this dish with red beans cooked in red wine that I just had to try. Not the whole recipe because it involved béchamel sauce and I don’t associate beans with that, but the actual idea of boiling the beans in red wine caught my imagination. So I did it and then I made this simple salad with fresh onion, feta and thyme with the beans. The wine taste appears as a lingering taste on your palate, not insistent nor immediate but it’s definitely there.
Lousy photos but it was so cold and humid outside that I had to shoot in quattro quattro otto as you say in Italian!

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SALAD WITH RED BEANS COOKED IN WINE WITH FETA CHEESE AND THYME

Dried red beans
Red wine
Fresh onion
Feta cheese
Thyme
Salt
Olive oil

– Boil the beans in plenty of salted water. Personally I never remember to put them to soak so I just cook them dry for as long as it takes. At about half time you take away 1/3 of the water and substitute it with red wine. Go on cooking the beans until they are soft.
– Meanwhile you chop the onion and the thyme and mix it with olive oil.
– Drain the beans and add the onions, the thyme and the oil. Mix well and when it has cooled down a bit, add the feta cheese that you have crumbled into smaller pieces.
– Eat tepid or cold!

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