Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Farty Pants

Another week. another birthday. That's how it goes around here in the spring with April a particularly popular month for family birthdays.

Daughter's birthday card for Son made me smile because I remembered that last year I blogged about his birthday sleepover and the entertainment a certain whoopee cushion provided. (Click here to read about it!) One year older, and farts haven't lost their entertainment value.


It also got me thinking about baked beans.

Here in the UK we love them. We're the world leaders in baked bean production and consumption. They're our most popular item to take on holiday. 

I know this to be true. When I was a student, one of my fellow first years lived on baked beans for the entire year. Alternating from plain one day to the kind that comes with (so-called) sausages the next. Husband would love it if I introduced that kind of regime here.

We don't eat them every day but they're a versatile and important part of our frugal diet:

  • on toast for breakfast
  • on toast for lunch
  • on toast for supper
Accessorised with marmite on the toast, grated cheese on top or a splash of Worcester sauce, according to taste. One of my colleagues likes vinegar on hers.

Or you could have them:

  • with a jacket potato
  • in a sausage casserole 
  • in a general spicy beany stewy thing to have with pasta or rice
Naturally I googled baked beans and climate change before I wrote this blog post. As you do. I missed out on it when it was reported earlier this month so this may be old news to some of you, but baked beans were recently discussed in the House of Lords. George Osborne's father-in-law questioned whether we should reduce our baked bean consumption in order to reduce methane emissions! (Read the Daily Mail article here.)

For the moment we're sticking with our current levels of baked bean intake. After all,

Beans, beans, they're good for your heart...

(Just ignore the second line, The more you eat, the more you fart.)

Baked beans - do you love 'em or hate 'em? Any favourite baked bean recipes? Are you eating less baked beans in order to combat climate change?






16 comments:

  1. We eat load of beans here, load and loads. I stick them in most dishes to buld them out. The kids grew up with them in chilli instead of kidney beans and now they will only eat chilli with baked beans in. Even when I went veggie they never complained about the soya instead of meat but don't take away the beans! x

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    1. We eat loads of beans, just not always baked beans - love kidney beans, butter beans etc!

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  2. We love baked beans too. But I've never tried them on a toast!

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    1. It's the classic way to eat baked beans over here!

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  3. We loved baked beans from a can but we don't have them on toast here either! I was surprised to find out from my UK-born spouse that baked beans over there always refers to them with tomato sauce. I grew up with beans in sweetened sauces using molasses or maple syrup.

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    1. Beans without toast is almost unthinkable over here! Baked beans do have sugar in so I can see where the molasses and maple syrup are coming from.

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  4. Beans beans the magical fruit!
    The more you eat the more you toot!
    The more you toot the better you feel
    So eat your beans at every meal!

    (amazing what you remember from childhood!)

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  5. Beans with tomato sauce for me here in NB but grew up on home made ones in molasses EVERY Saturday night with raisin brown bread and once in a while I just have to do them that way for old times sake. Not crazy about the new beans with maple syrup - too sweet...First had beans on toast in a vicarage in Port Talbot Wales, made by a vicar who had never cooked before. He spent what seemed like hours in the kitchen and came out with beans on toast with sausages on top - loved it and it is our 'go to' lazy night meal here ever since.

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    1. I'm learning a lot with these comments. Might have to check out the molasses thing. Love your Vicar story!

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  6. Never been into beans like this - we got them pretty regularly at boarding school, but I never had them at home prior to that.

    I will cook with beans in stews or soups, but yeah, never think 'gosh I should buy some baked beans'. Weird huh!!?

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    1. I remember baked beans seemed to be on offer daily at my secondary school for lunch too!

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  7. We eat a lot if baked beans, here. It was one of the first things I learned to make. We like baked beans with chili powder, green peppers, onions, garlic and ham blended in. And most often serve them along with cornbread. I've never had beans on toast. I wonder if that is more common in the UK, than US?
    If there are leftovers, I do eat baked beans for breakfast! Yum!

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    1. I like the sound of your baked bean recipe. Corn bread is not something you get over here but sounds delicious. I do see it on the US blogs so I guess it's something I should have a go at making one day. As above, beans on toast is the most popular way of eating baked beans over here!

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  8. When we were in Canada a couple of years ago, we were served baked beans for breakfast. That was a new one for me, and I learned that it was common in England and certain parts of Canada. I guess you already knew that. :)

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    1. Probably my favourite way of eating beans...as part of a 'full English' breakfast!

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