During the winter season, I ran across a fantastic 3-bean vegetarian chili recipe. I made it a few times over the course of a month and my husband and I both enjoyed it tremendously. After telling my friend (who is the kitchen manager at Bluestem Bistro) about the recipe, she recommended I substitute in Great Northern beans for a change of pace. To my delight, my granny brought by some wholesale foods a few days after that, that she wanted to give to us and in the box was a package of Great Northern beans.
I decided to substitute the Great Northern beans for the chickpeas in my recipe. As I let the chili simmer, I thought, “I’m so glad Jenny suggested this. I’m always up for trying new things.” But after I sat down with my bowl and took the first bite, I regretted it. You see, the other two beans in the recipe were black beans and kidney beans, already cooked. The Great Northern beans I had were dried. Dried, I say!! What an amateur mistake I made! As I chewed and chewed the white beans in the chili amidst the deliciousness that was the rest of it, I couldn’t believe my error.
Admittedly, I tried to salvage the huge pot that I had made by picking out all the white beans, but it was too late in my mind. I couldn’t stomach the rest of it, even after a few days and a reheated bowl. Since that time, I flinch at eating beans because I have this idea in my mind that I will bite into them and they will be chewy and undercooked. So there you have it, my friends. My confession of the day. Hopefully I will slowly be able to add beans to my diet again.