Dear Reader, this recipe almost wasn't one. I was tinkering about in the kitchen with no intention of making this into a bloggable recipe. Until I tried some and it was so delicious I had to ask people on Instagram whether they wanted unsexy food. The answer was a resounding yes. So that's how this humble but delicious black bean and ham hock stew came to be. It's perfect for the chilly weather and another a bonus? It cost around $10 to make and feeds four! If you are looking for something rich and nourishing please make this recipe.
That's why my lovelies, there are no process photos. Just pictures of the finished product where quite honestly it doesn't look like all that much. But the proof is in the flavour. The ham hock releases all of its gelatinous goodness and flavour. Although it is mostly bone it has so much smoky flavour. You can find pork ham hocks at butchers or even the deli section of the supermarket.
I have a friend Mr X that I was talking to about eating out with a while back. He works in food so he was saying that he eats out to have food that he doesn't have to make at home. For me, I tend to eat out to eat food that I can't make at home.
For him, while he eats at high end restaurants for research he also eats at the pub once a week so that he doesn't have to cook at home. For me I always choose dishes like duck and steak, things that I don't so much make at home. I rarely order chicken because it's so easy to make. I'm not sure what category this stew falls in (the closest dish is Brazilian feijoada but it has a different flavour profile). But promise me you'll try this at least once?
So tell me Dear Reader, do you eat out to eat things you don't have the time to make at home? Or do you eat out at places and order things that you can't make at home?