February 14, 2006

Dueling dinners!

Zach posted a picture of his Valentine's Day solo dinner, so can I fail to do the same? Jacob's teaching a class until late and I'm left to my own not inconsiderable devices to find my own subsistence and entertainment for the evening. While I fully intend to add the stand mixer to the list of such devices before the evening is out (that means cookies, which takes care of entertainment also), so far the only device in use has been a stove with a skillet on it. I present to you...

Some Kind of Caribbean Rice and Bean Skillet Thing

1 cup cold, cooked jasmine rice
1 14-oz. can black beans, drained
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 small tangerine, such as the clear winner of the Most Delicious Tangerine Award, the lovely and piquant Clementine
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes or ground piquin chiles
pinch nutmeg
pinch allspice
salt to taste, probably at least 1 tsp.
whatever other horrible spicy thing you feel the need to add, to taste

It's probably fairly self-explanatory, but... sautee the onion in a little bit of olive oil, then turn the heat to medium-low and add the orange juice, black beans, rice, raisins, and spices. Peel and section the tangerine and add the sections whole. Stir, make sure you have enough orange juice for it to be stewing slightly, cover, and cook for 3-5 minutes or until warmed through. Enjoy.

Oh, and in keeping with the theme of tonight's dinner descriptions, this dinner is sweet and focused on fruits. Just like my love.

Posted by dianna at February 14, 2006 08:32 PM

That looks tasty. I haven't done much with Jamaican-type cooking, but I do have allspice and nutmeg in the cupboard, as well as a host of spices and chilies. Plus I just put in a grocery order today for a big crate of Clementines; I've never had one before and am glad to see they have won so prestigious an award. The onion I can take or leave.

I might have to make this once my clementines come in.

Posted by: Zach S. at February 15, 2006 08:38 AM