To do: Make black beans and rice from Brazil, look at a map and speak about Brazil’s location
Time: Prep: 15 minutes, Cook time: 1 hour
Materials: Dry black beans + spices and aromatics
Beans are a staple in South and Central America, with many cultures relying on them for their daily meals. In Brazil (as well as other countries in South America, Central American, and the Caribbean) you’ll find black beans and rice often at the lunch and dinner table.
Make a super simple recipe of black beans, then serve them over white rice (or whatever rice you prefer) for a taste of Brazilian culture.
Recipe from Curious Cuisiniere, yields 3 cups:
- 1 cup black beans, soaked in water over night
- 3 slices of bacon
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 bay leaf
Speak to your child about the process of soaking beans. If they are able to, let them scoop water in to fill the bowl of dry beans. It’s great fine motor practice!
Feel the beans before soaking. Are they hard or soft? The next day, check the beans first thing! Did they soak up water? Are they softer than the day before? Make simple comparisons for vocabulary practice.
To make the beans, start by sautéing the bacon in a heavy skillet with high sides, or a heavy bottomed pot. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate, and dispose of most of the grease. Saute the onion in the leftover bacon grease about 2-3 minutes, then add garlic for another 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
Rinse the soaked beans, then add to the pan along with a bay leaf and the crumbled bacon. Add enough water so that the beans are covered by 1/2 inch.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover, allowing to simmer for about an hour or until the beans are soft. Add salt to taste and serve over rice or as a side dish to the main meal!
Remember to look at a globe and speak about where Brazil is in relation to you. Is it far, or near? Is Brazil bigger or smaller than the country you live in?
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