Well, today is the big day. Prince William marries Kate Middleton. Did you get up early to watch the festivities or set your DVR? I’m afraid I fall into the DVR crowd. Sleep feels very precious this week.
Years ago, I remember watching the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana. My mom and I got up very early. Snuggled in our pj’s and blankets we watched with the rest of the world as a young woman became a princess. As an 8 year old girl, it seemed magical.
Early in my parents marriage they lived in England, moving back to the states before I was born. My mom would often share her memories of the time they spent there. Not long ago we found the village, street and flat where they lived, using Google Earth. She took me on a virtual tour of her time living there. How she took her shopping cart and walked to the open air market to get food for meals. She described how the brilliant color of the daffodils and tulips would contrast with the gray English sky.
The day that we watched the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana it was like having my own personal tour guide, right there in my living room. As the cameras showed crowds of people at the gates of Buckingham palace, she told me about the Beefeaters and the crown jewels. When they interviewed bystanders she told me about the humor and character of the people she met living there. I was fascinated.
Many of the food blogs I follow have been sharing fancy English desserts and wedding-like delicacies this week. And they are beautiful, but I decided to go a different route and share something a bit more common. Beans and Toast. It is a traditional English meal, often eaten for breakfast, but can make a hearty lunch too. Normally, it is made with a can of Heinz baked beans, white bread and a hefty swipe of butter. As a child I remember my dad eating it for breakfast and mom telling us about how they ate it often when they lived overseas. I decided to share a different spin on it, adding a bit more color and flavor.
I’ll occasionally eat this for breakfast or lunch, protein packed, it always gets me through to the next meal. This is more of a method than a recipe, use what you have on hand and make a delicious version all your own.
Beans and Toast
2 slices of bread, toasted–use what you have, lately we’ve been loving the Nine Grain Bread from Great Harvest.
1 can baked beans (Heinz vegetarian or your own version of baked beans)
Earth Balance Butter
A handful of spinach or kale ( I used some purple kale because that is what I had on hand) Make sure to take the leaves off the kale stems before steaming.
Over medium heat add a small amount of water to a skillet, when the water is bubbling add the spinach or kale to the skillet and cover. Steam for a few minutes until greens are bright and have wilted. Drain and set aside.
Heat your beans in a saucepan or microwave.
Toast bread in a toaster or under the broiler. After bread is toasted, spread on butter, if using.
Place the toast on a serving plate and top each piece with kale/spinach, a scoop of beans and a few slices of tomato. Salt and pepper to taste.
Maybe make a plate of beans and toast today as you sit down to watch the wedding coverage. I think that’s what I’ll be doing.
Have a great weekend!