I've made the Black Bean Soup with Kale and Rice from Vegan on the Cheap before, just to see if I could. It's in the Slowcooker section of the book. Problem is, I don't have a slowcooker. Although I'm beginning to see the value in such a device, I still lack the space to have/store one, so for now, I get to figure out how long something would simmer stovetop if the recipe calls for several hours in a slowcooker.
|crappy picture - sorry...my camera is angry right now|
Speaking of several hours, it feels like I just wasted that amount of time poking around on the internet. It really can be a colossal time-suck sometimes. I'm just so brain-dead at this point in the week, I had all these great plans for what to do after dinner (you know, like cleaning up) and I completely lost the motivation. Here it is, nearly midnight, and I'm babbling about the internet sucking up my time when I could be babbling about the awesome heartiness and flavors present in this soup!
I know I made it once before, but I really don't remember it having such defined tex-mex tastes. Maybe last time I wasn't as generous with the rounded tsp of cumin. Maybe fresh thyme makes a bigger difference than I imagine. In any case, Mister went back for seconds, which is promising anytime I make a soup, but especially when he finished the bread he ordinarily would have eaten with the soup.