Slow Cooked Brixton Baked Beans (recipe by Miss South)
I’ve just returned from a winter walk and it was lovely to open my front door and smell a wonderful fragrance of pomegranate molasses and cloves. This morning I put all the ingredients for ‘Brixton Baked Beans’ in my Crock Pot slow cooker and switched it on. The recipe comes from ‘Slow Cooked: 200 Exciting, New Recipes for Your Slow Cooker’ by Miss South, who blogs at North South Food. (You can also find a summary of the method and ingredients for Brixton Baked Beans here).
The slow cooker is really useful in the winter because it means I can do everything during daylight hours and then eat delicious comfort food in the evening. This particular recipe is so simple that my 6 year old son can help. The dried haricot beans go in the pot without pre-soaking. So the only real challenge is finding a shop that stocks pomegranate molasses! (I ended up getting it from Ocado)
After trying this out for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I had a twitter conversation with Miss South about her recipe and she said:
“I wasn’t going to include it because it seemed TOO simple.
Then I remembered that’s a good thing!”
The book is a fantastic read, full of tips and ideas about how to cook ‘easy, thrifty and delicious’ food in a slow cooker. Though it is not a vegetarian recipe book, it’s clear that Miss South knows how to create flavourful dishes for vegetarians as she used to be one herself. So I’m going to try more of her recipes soon. Will let you know how it goes!