March 10, 2011

Beans in the Bag

Todays Frightening Food is based on beans, beans, the musical fruit.  As a devoted reader of "tea cozy" mysteries, I know the British consider beans on toast a part of the "Full English Breakfast". Both the toast and the beans are warm, and although I won't be adding this to my breakfast repetoire any time soon, it doesn't sound bad. 

Full English Breakfast, in it's original form (left) and the crocheted version (right) that you can take with you anywhere

What does sound bad is cold baked beans for lunch. As a sandwich filling. This confirms my suspicion that "sandwich filling" and "leftover surprise" are synonomous.  As if the beans alone wouldn't make the bread soggy, the addition of chili sauce assures that your lunchtime treat will be limp as a wet noodle.

Baked Bean Filling
1 cup canned baked beans in tomato sauce, drained                         
1/3 cup chopped sweet pickle
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1 tablespoon minced onion

Blend, mixing lightly but thoroughly.

The Lunchbox Cookbook, The Culinary Arts Institute, 1955

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