This is the best black bean soup I have ever made. Or tasted. Restaurant versions included!
I credit the smoked ham hock–it infuses the whole deal with so much flavor. If you’re looking for a substitute, try a few chicken pieces, a smoked turkey drumstick, some very lean bacon, or a few short ribs. But honestly? Use the ham hock. USE THE HAM HOCK!!!!!!
It will make the house smell so nice while you’re busy slicing your finger open, trapping the wrong feral cat, and watching the wind blow the back fence down.
The Boy fixed it! It’s all okay!
Speaking of trapping feral cats (sorry, SORRY we return to less kitty-saturated content after this weekend), a big thank you to all of you who lent your support via the Bad Mama Genny Facebook page, blog comments, Twitter messages, emails, phone calls, and telepathic good vibes. I FELT THE MISFIT FORCE AT WORK WITHIN ME.
Or was that brain freeze, from my raspberry mango bubble tea? Oh, well, never matter.
And lo, I trapped a cat!
Not without incident (of course OF COURSE NOT WITHOUT INCIDENT whose blog do you think this is?), but nevertheless, it was done in under five minutes. The kitty. She refused dinner last night. She hateses me. But maybe she will loveses me again soon! When she realizes that I am giving her the ability to sashay those hips and curl that flirty little question mark tail without consequences. Also, I may or may not have purchased a pound of top-quality meat for her surgical recovery.
Keep pullin’ for Basilette, who’s in surgery today thanks to The Boy, who is chauffeuring her around. When I was a little girl, my ginger cat Marmalade (these are the pre-allergy days, you’ll remember!) died during a routine neuter operation–we later found out he’d been over-anesthetized. I know such a thing is extremely rare, and through this blog I actually managed to find somebody who’s worked with and highly recommends Basilette’s surgeon!
Oh, Internets. Sometimes I really love you.
So overall I’m confident, and so long as I can get through her recovery without my respiratory system shutting down, I’ll feel a whole lotta warm fuzzies about the time and effort we’ve spent on our homestead’s littlest farm cat.
Then we do it all over again with her mother.
My real life. Anything less just wouldn’t make as good a Xanax commercial.
Smoky Slow-Cooker Cuban Black Bean Soup
1 lb. smoked ham hock
1 lb dried black beans, soaked overnight and rinsed and drained
1/4 cup fresh Cuban Oregano, cut chiffonade style
1 1/2 Tablespoons sea salt
2 heaping teaspoons ground cumin
1/3 teaspoon each: cayenne, paprika, & black pepper
2 bay leaves
3 jalapenos, diced
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
In your slow cooker (or a Dutch oven set on very low heat), pile the ham hock, beans, and all other ingredients. Add enough water to cover, probably about 8 cups. Set the cooker to high, cover, and let it cook, stirring occasionally, until ham is fall-off-the-bone tender, about 5 hours. Pull out the ham hock, remove the meat from the bone, and shred it. Return the meat to the pot and stir thoroughly, then re-cover. Continue to cook until meat and beans are extremely tender and broth is thick, about 2-3 hours. Taste the soup and adjust seasoning if necessary. Now pull out the bay leaves and serve, preferably with a scoop of rice. Other topping ideas include diced red onion, sliced avocado, or drizzled sour cream/plain yogurt.
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