Thursday, April 2, 2009

Beans 'n' Cornbread

It don't get no more Southern that a big ol' bowl of beans and cornbread (and yes, I meant to use a double negative and an improper contraction). On Monday night, I hit up my pantry for a Navy and Black Bean Soup Mix:

It was one of those mixes with a seasoning packet and a mini package of pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to mix in at the end of cooking time. It'd been in the pantry forever, so I finally decided to toss it into the soup pot.

And everybody know you can't have beans without cornbread. That would be insane! So I took this opportunity to work on my Jalepeno Cornbread recipe for the cookbook:

My original cornbread contained flax seed in place of eggs and it always seemed too gummy. So I made this batch without the seeds and it worked great! It still needs some kind of binder cause it got little crumbly. But I'm working on it!

23 comments:

nora said...

Yum!! bon fait bianca :)

what about soy yogurt as a binder? it would moisten it and give the cornbread some more tang, which seems like it would complement the sweet and spiciness of it. what do i know though?!

SweetThyme said...

That looks gorgeous. I know it sounds disgusting, but I always replace egg in quick breads with apple sauce (3tbs per egg) and a tsp of baking powder. I make a dried chilli flake cornbread and it works pretty well with that.

Good luck!

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY YUM COMFORT!!

jessy said...

damn right, Bianca - you can't have beans without cornbread! :) mmmmmmmm, mmmmmmm! that's one awesome combination! and i think your jalapeno cornbread looks most glorious! huzzah!

shelby said...

I would try the soy yogurt or applesauce instead of flax. That's what I usually use for quickbreads!

LOVE cornbread!

Virginia said...

YUM! i love a simple southern meal like beans and cornbread!

twoveganboys said...

You can't beat beans and cornbread. It is the best. We eat quite well here in the South.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You always have the best comfort food, Miss Bianca!

Oh, and I entered you. I'll be so excited if you win (seriously!!)

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

i heart beans n' cornbread. simple and comforting.

madaboutudon said...

Woaaah, looks fabulously filling!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Yum!

What about chia seeds as a binder? Also, you can use bean liquid I've found..

..and omg, I am DROOLING over your omelette in last post.

Jennifer said...

Hey Bianca!

I'm from the south too (nashville) and I'm glad to have found your blog. Great looking recipe and photos =)

Jenn
helloveggie.org

Cyn said...

Yum! That bean soup looks super tasty. I usually just use flax seed in my cornbread, but I haven't noticed a problem with it. But I probably have low cornbread standards.

Macie said...

Mmm, crumbly cornbread is perfect for soup!

Laura said...

cornbread is the best!!! i can't wait til it's perfected

The Vegan Snorkeler said...

The jalepeno cornbread looks delicious. Looking forward to the final recipe!

Jennifer said...

Hey Bianca... I've been looking around your site for a contact email but I didn't find anything! I'd love to send you a friendly hello sometime! helloveggie [at] gmail [dot] com. =)

Jenn
HelloVeggie

luckytastebuds said...

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Sarah said...

I love that you are working on ideas - it's nice to see that not everything turns out 100% the first time you try it!

omnidudemeandthebean said...

That looks so comforting! There is nothing like a big bowl of beans. Have you ever used boiled flaxseeds as a binder? You put them in water and bring them to a boil until the water becomes the consistency of egg white. Strain it carefully, it'll break down if you run it through a colander. Doing this reduces the nuttiness. Sorry if you already knew this little trick.

River said...

Your cornbread looks super yummy, and I personally don't mind crumbliness one bit.

That's a good looking soup mix. All the ones I've seen are so expensive for a tiny little two-serving soup, but they would be handy for the road.

By the way, you nailed it with your last guess! We ARE indeed time-traveling Russian spies! :D

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Beans & cornbread is my idea of a perfect meal!

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