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Beans on Toast (serves one)
Preparation time: seconds
Cooking Time: 5-8 minutes
Two slices of bread (any type)
Small can baked beans in tomato sauce
- Put the bread in the toaster or under the grill.
- Open can of beans and empty into a pan.
- Heat on low temperature for about 5-8 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Butter toast and put slices on plate.
- Pour beans on top of toast. Season to taste - lots of pepper is good.
Spice it up
Spread hummus on the toast before you put the beans on.
Add some grated cheese and jalapeno peppers - the cheese melts and makes it gooey while the peppers give it a bit of a kick.
Add half a teaspoon of curry powder to the beans.
Stir in some Marmite during the heating phase - giving the beans an oomph. About half a teaspoon per full-size can of beans should do the trick. Or add some Worcestershire sauce, though the effect is not so pronounced.
Best for eating
On a tray in front of the telly watching your favourite television programme with a mug of tea.
Ideal time of year
Anytime - all year.
People in the UK eat over 90% of the world's tinned baked beans. Luckily beans on toast provides a well-rounded, healthy, vegetarian meal - especially if you choose brown bread and beans in low sugar or low salt sauces.
Words from the Recipe
season to taste (exp.) - add salt and pepper to a dish to improve the flavour
hummus (n.) - a Middle Eastern dish made from chick peas and spices
jalapeno peppers (n.) - a small green chilli
gooey (adj.) - soft and sticky
give something a bit of a kick (exp.) - to make something spicy or strong tasting
Marmite (n.) - a spread made from yeast extract, usually eaten on toast, popular in the UK
give something an oomph (exp.) - to give something some extra taste
Worcestershire sauce (n.) - a spicy dark brown sauce used as a flavouring
telly (n.) - a slang word for television
Dom: ‘Beans, beans good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart, the more you fart the better you feel, so let's have beans for every meal!’
Tom: That’s the great thing about them; you can experiment with them. You can go classic bean style, right, classic and go for plain beans, ok. Or you can add other ingredients like sausage, bacon, egg, y’know. They’re very versatile, beans. You can do many things with them. That’s why us Brits, we love ‘em!
Dom: These are Hong Kong’s favourite beans, I do believe. These ones would be more recommended, but due to advertising restrictions we do have to use the Smedley’s today.
Woman: We do actually have some Heinz for you.
Dom: Oh, lovely. Look at that! Oh look, a baby one and a mummy one! Cool.
Tom: Gotta be Heinz, ‘cos Heinz are like the Rolls-Royce of baked beans, y’know. They’re like the Daddy. The boom daddy. They’re the best. (Sings) ‘Sometimes I feel like they’re my only friend, when they’re in the saucepan I’m stirring nowhere…’(laughs). Mmm, in the toaster it goes…
Dom: Lovely bacon! So…let’s bring the little babies over here.
Tom: Oh, it’s burnt a little bit! You see that…is perfect. Just a bit of ‘burnage’ round the sides, erm but not too much. If you put it flat down on the plate, ok, you’re gonna get a lot of steam coming out er.. from the toast, ok, and it’s gonna get trapped between the plate and the toast, ok, and then you’re gonna get soggy bread. Now that’s not what you want, ok, you want to just leave it, rest it there for about thirty seconds ok. I prefer to go for the olive, um, the olive butter, because um it’s better for your um, better for your health.
Dom: It’s much easier to use a knife to spread the butter than it is to use your finger, I have discovered. You can actually almost hear the beans singing with joy.
Tom: (sings)…’I couldn’t cook my beans, yeah…I tried to cook them really good for you, but you...’ No, that’s crap.
Dom: Hmm, that looks really unhealthy. Ah, lovely! So, that looks fantastic
Tom: ..tomato ketchup. Because you’ve got that um that richer tomato flavour.
Dom: ..put it all here…So pepper, yes. Salt, no. Ketchup, no. Why not ketchup? It doesn’t go with beans because beans are sort of, in a sort of ketchup already, aren’t they. We could also add some salad as well, to make things pretty.
Tom: Mm, mm, mm, that burnt flavour is just right.
Tom: Simple, simple to make, but it really hits the spot.
Dom: I don’t actually, really eat beans very much ‘cos I don’t think they’re very healthy. Erm, but I do like eating beans with a big English breakfast. (Laughs) Good, are we done? I can stop eating it now. Mm, it’s all right. The cheese is really nice.
Tom: (sings)…’I tried to cook them really good for you, but you...’ No, that’s crap.