Baked Bean Recipe

If you come to visit us, and if you like hot food, I will make a batch of these baked beans. Here is how I cook them, and how you can make them where you are too. Note: I use our pizza oven, but I think this recipe will work with a slow cooker too.

1. Wash a kilo of black beans, and pull out all the not-good ones, and check for little rocks and pull them out too.

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2. Add a package of chili peppers, hot paprika, and half a package of pepper corns.
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3. Look in the cupboard to see what else you have, and add a generous amount.

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4. Add sausage or bacon.

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5. Mix it all up and add water.

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6. Let it bake by the fire all day, about eight hours or so. Add more water every couple of hours, when you add more firewood. Near the end of the day, do a taste check for salt. It is kind of hard to predict how much will come out of the bacon or sausage, so if it needs a bit more you can add it near the last hours of cooking.

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7. For supper, you can have a bowl of the best baked beans you have ever tasted.

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8. The next morning you can have refried beans, fried tomatos, and fried eggs. It’s a meal that will keep you going all the way till lunch time.

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Pumpkin Pie

Bella and I have figured out how to make great pumpkin pies. My part is to buy the pumpkin, build a fire in the outside clay oven, and put the whole pumpkin in there. After a few hours, you can stick a fork in it anywhere. It is all soft. Then Bella scoops it out, adds some spices and makes the crust. You have to taste it to believe how good it is. If you come for a visit, and it is pumpkin (actually squash) season, maybe Bella will make you one.


Bella makes awesome pumpkin pie.

The Snells and Leaos are back from Altamira, so everyone came over to celebrate Bella’s 16th birthday.

Anni and Via are home for Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

Natal = Merry Christmas

Even though Anni and Via have lived in Canada for three and a half years, when they come home for Christmas they still jump right in, and they can still speak Portuguese.

At the Children’s Christmas Party, Emma helps Aline organize an event.

 


At the Christmas Youth Service, Anni played the keyboard.


Some of the neighbourhood boys watch the Christmas play. Monica made the artificial tree in the background by recycling two-litre pop bottles.

 

Anni and Via are Home for Christmas!

 

Even though Anni and Via have lived in Canada for three and a half years, when they come home for Christmas they still jump right in, and they can still speak Portuguese.
At the Children’s Christmas Party, Emma helps Aline organize an event.


At the Christmas Youth Service, Anni played the keyboard.


Some of the neighbourhood boys watch the Christmas play. Monica made the artificial tree in the background by recycling two-litre pop bottles.

Bella is 16!

Bella is 16!

Bella turned 16 years old today! We made mango pie and vanilla ice cream, to celebrate.

First Birthday Celebration Without Mom, (but we celebrated together throughout the day via Skype).

Emma and Bella collected two buckets of Bacuri Mangoes.

Bella tested two mango recipes, and they are both good.

Birthday Breakfast.