My sister gave me two cans of beans and it suddenly gave me an idea: Pork and Beans!
I know, it's common enough, but I didn't want the result that you get when you open a can of pork and beans (though my family loves it! lol) ...I wanted one wherein you can really taste the pork (and the fat that almost melts in your mouth) and slurp the soup together with the slightly salty beans.
I bought the pork (lower part of the shoulder/arm, hock, and trotters) and had it chopped at the market. Boiled it in water together with ginger, garlic, salt, smoked paprika, pepper and mixed herbs (thyme, rosemary, marjoram, basil, oregano, sage) from Masterfoods. Had it merrily simmering for almost two hours (yeah...). By that time the pork (with the skin still on) was really tender, and the water half it's original content. So I opened the can of beans (drained the brine) and mixed it together with the pork. This was the time when I did some more adjustments to the taste: a bit of soy sauce, fish sauce, pepper (again) and around a teaspoon of muscovado sugar was added.
Honestly, at this stage anything goes when it comes to how you want your pork and beans to taste...so you may add in more spices, or not. Your call. I like mine savoury. And artery-clogging. LOL :D
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