Wilf’s bean and bacon stew or soup recipe

Friday evening in the cottage and we have a fire again, this time we don’t have the strange smelling smoke in the living room, so all is well. It’s been extremely wet today, I don’t know what I have been moaning about recently as today was a raining stair rods day and at one point we had a stream running down both hills towards our house. But now the sun is out and you wouldn’t know what it had been like earlier.

I have had a quiet day, trying not to work too hard and Wilf has dealt with all the animal feeding, dosing with drops, injections and walking. Wilf has also made the supper, his famous (well it is in our home) bean and bacon stew or soup depending on how you look at it, I say stew but Wilf says soup and perhaps he should know but as I am the master of this house for the purposes of this blog it is a stew.

You have to be a bit organised for this and soak about 250 gms of haricot beans the day before.

This is really enough for 4 people

250gms haricot beans (soaked overnight) and rinsed

couple of celery sticks, thinly sliced

two reasonable sized carrots, peeled and sliced

3 or 4 medium potatoes peeled and diced coarsely

8 oz of bacon joint or if your cheap like us bacon ends from the butcher also diced

Boil the beans for 15 minutes in enough water to cover the beans and a bit extra. Put in a pinch of salt but be careful as the bacon salt may be enough. Add the bacon and cook for about half an hour, the beans should be soft when tried, if not cook for a bit longer.

Add in the carrots, potatoes and celery, season to taste then cook until the veg is tender.

Serve with crusty bread and some chunks of a nice strong cheese, or if you forgot to bake the bread like me, serve on it’s own.

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