Prelude to Episode 4 — A Special Recipe from Robbie Cheadle!

Friday, March 17, 2023

Jill Wellington, Pixabay. Tomfoolery by Teagan
Jill Wellington, Pixabay. Tomfoolery by Teagan

Hello, everyone and happy Saint Patrick’s Day.  I put a lot of thought into how to handle the next episode of Atonement in Zugzwang.  You see, I asked Robbie Cheadle for a recipe to use to drive the next installment.  I randomly chose the “three things” that drive that episode from Robbie’s recipe below. 

All things combined, my post was rather large, and I wanted to make sure Robbie and her recipe were properly featured.  Today, I elected to separately post the recipe that she generously wrote, just for this serial.  The dish is perfect for this cold St. Patrick’s day.

All of the following is by Robbie Cheadle.

Black Bean & Vegetable Soup

by Robbie Cheadle

Black Bean & Vegetable Soup by Robbie Cheadle
Black Bean & Vegetable Soup by Robbie Cheadle

Recipe for black bean and vegetable soup


(Note from Teagan: As I understand it, in the USA courgettes are better known as zucchini.)

500 grams dried black beans

2 x red onions, chopped

250 grams sliced button mushrooms

900 grams of mixed red pepper, butternut, and courgettes (baby marrows), chopped

5 large carrots, peeled and chopped

8 cups chicken stock (you can also use vegetable stock)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 x 400 gram cans diced tomatoes

3 x Tbspns ground sweet paprika

1 x Tbspn garlic flakes

1 x Tbspn ground cumin

1 x Tbspn ground coriander

Olive oil for cooking


Pour the black beans (2 ½ cups) into a large pot. Add 12 cups of cold water and 1 Tbspn of olive oil. Bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook for three hours. Drain and rinse with water until the runoff water is clear.

In a large pot, sauté the red onions in a little olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook for approximately 5 minutes. Add the chopped red pepper, butternut, carrots, and courgettes. Cook for 15 minutes. Add the two cans of diced tomatoes. Add the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic flakes, cumin, and coriander and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Add the chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and then turn down and simmer for 30 minutes until the vegetables are very tender. Add the black beans and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Serve with fresh white bread.

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Heartfelt thanks to Robbie for letting me use this recipe.  Because I’m still working on Episode-4, I had to close comments here today.  I hope you’ll visit the serial this weekend and give your good wishes to Robbie then.  Also check out her Amazon Author Page.

Stay tuned to see what I do with random things from this delicious recipe: chopped, soup, and carrot.  I admit that I got silly with the carrot.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Hugs!

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