Samp and Beans

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Today was a prep day in the kitchen. I made my first batch of preserved lemons. It’s a process that requires time. In 5 weeks time I’ll know if I was successful. I’ve attached the recipe from Sami Tamimi’s cookbook Jerusalem. This ingredient is often used in Moroccan cooking and Ottolenghi and Co also use it throughout their various cookbooks. I’m also making Shatta which is a fermented chilli sauce, thank goodness that only takes 3 days to make. The recipe for this comes out of #Falastincookbook. I found some lovely Mason jars at Mambos. They have a good airtight seal perfect for these recipes. I keep reading about how incredibly delicious these condiments are. I’ll keep you posted.

Samp and Beans


  • Basic ingredients for Noosh. I did sneak in a lamb knuckle, I couldn't help myself. Served 8-10 people
  • Brian went back 4 times - he couldn't help himself.
  • Start by soaking 2 cups of speckled sugar beans preferably over night. I soaked for 3 1/5 hrs. I also soaked 1 1/4 cups samp.
  • Discard the soaking water and place samp and Beans in a heavy based pot fill with fresh water to about 2-3 cm above the beans. Do not add any salt as this will make the beans tough
  • Cook for 1 1/2-2 hours covered on a low heat Add more water if necessary during this period
  • Finely chop 1 onion, grate or slice 5 carrots, and optional extra add 4-5 X 15 cm celery and leaves finely chopped cook for further 20-30 min
  • Add heaped Tbls (20ml) chicken stock powder and 1 heaped tsp (7ml) medium curry powde
  • Peel and dice 2 potatoes add to pot
  • Add 2 tsps salt
  • I should have added this earlier with the carrots and onion. I felt there was a bit of body missing. Leave this out for vegetarian option.
  • Finely chop 2 tomatoes
  • Add to beans and cook for a further 40mi
  • Check seasoning. And cook so that it's saucy without being too soupy. This is a look and see and taste method. You'll know what's right for you. Some versions have no sauce and are thicker and more stiff. That's not my Noosh memory. If you prefer that version cook for longer
  • Ladel into bowls and serve with a knob of butter.
  • Food memories to last a lifetime Cheers to Mavis wherever you may be 
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Beans, Isixhosa

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