Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lima Beans And Chicken Pox

Guess who caught chicken pox? No-I already had it in 1972. Anyway, Danny had the first part of the vaccine so the Dr. thinks it will be a milder case. He's itchy, but seems otherwise fine. Still, he's stuck in the house for the next couple weeks (great opportunity to teach him about quarantines-maybe I should draw a sign and stick it on our front door) and there's only so many comic books a kid will be entertained by. Actually, I never got tired of them, but we had a newsstand two blocks away and they only cost twelve cents.

So what was I talking about? Oh yeah, Danny has the chicken pox.

I won't bore you with the story of my bout with chicken pox except to say it involved being in a play, having greasepaint smeared over my face and subsequently rubbed off with ten-o-six lotion before anyone realised I was sick. Can you say "really disfiguring scars? Yeah. Ain't child neglect grand?

Danny really likes lima beans and I figured being sick he ought to be fed a good nourishing meal he actually I stopped on the way home from the doctor and bought him a chocolate malt. I did. Then, I brought him home, tucked him into my bed and let him watch cartoons while I made lima bean casserole. I already had the cooked beans on hand, but you can make this with tinned or frozen. I didn't bother with a photo as big white lima beans on rice doesn't make for great photographs, but it still tasted wonderful and was easy to do.

You Will Need:

7-10 comic books preferably of the superhero variety

Cooked rice for serving (you can serve it without, but for a main course rice or noodles make the meal complete)

2 cups cooked lima beans
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons ketchup (really)
3 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 3/4 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup buttered soft breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Grease a 2 quart casserole.

Combine the beans, red pepper, onions, cheese and ketchup in the casserole. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and stir in the flour. Cook for a minute or so until foamy. Slowly add the milk and cook, whisking constantly until it comes to a boil. Continue cooking about a minute more or until thickened into sauce. Remove from heat, add seasonings and allspice and pour over casserole. Using a spatula, turn and combine everything in casserole dish until well blended. Top with breadcrumbs and bake about 40 minutes or until nicely browned on top. Serve over rice or noodles.


Old Man Clark said...

im a chicken shes a fox

Goody said...

ha, ha.