|Red Beans on Corn Tortilla|
Thanks go out to my friends Carolyn and Byron T. who introduced me to Cajun food and red beans. That's where I got first hand instruction in the art of roux making. Prior to that I thought that pintos or great northern beans were the go to bean for most cooking occasions. I love them all, but I have a fond spot for the small red bean.
So lunch was a corn tortilla covered in beans with some cheese melted on top. After heating, this layer was covered with sour cream, sliced peppers- hot and mild, onion, tomato and cilantro. Just about perfect if I do say so myself. The crazy thing is that it is so cheap, delicious and versatile. It is completely customizable; it can be gluten-free, dairy free, meat free... you pick. It probably costs less than a quarter to make one, depending on how much stuff you have to buy and how fancy you make it. If you need to cut the grocery bill here is a good bet. Most of the ingredients don't spoil quickly either, you don't have to eat everything at once (unless you just want to). South of the border eating is good stuff and we have lots of yummy options around.
|Banana tree with flower and fruits|
To mix a metaphor, a thing of beauty is outside the box. We all need to challenge some limitations by thinking outside the box, what do I want to try to do that I don't see around town very often? We also need to appreciate the wholesome, simple spectacular, that thing we can make, improve and add too. The wise and well-lived life has room for both.