Eggs and Beans

by jenna on September 13, 2010

So, now you have your pot of beans.

But what in the heck do you do with them? Some of my favorite bean recipes can be found here, here, here and here.

However, sometimes it’s just best to stick with the basics….ya know? I’m talking beans. Eggs. Cheese. Sea salt. Simple ingredients that produce outstanding flavors.

This is such a simple meal, more European than anything, and perfect for a light Fall lunch. As most of y’all know, I love eggs on pretty much anything. My one stipulation? The yolk has to be runny. I love a good runny yolk on my risotto, my toast and…my beans.

All I did for this lunch was sprinkle a little sea salt on my beans, top them with an egg (fried in a little bit of butter), followed by a spoonful of soft goat cheese and another sprinkle of sea salt.

Voila! If you’ve never tried eggs on your beans, give it a go!

And now on a totally unrelated note, does anyone have tips for someone learning how to sew? I want to learn how to sew pillows and curtains but don’t have a sewing machine. As you know, the only thing I’ve ever sewed was my chef pants, so I’m pretty much starting from scratch. I’ve dabbled in knitting while in college, but never sewing, so I could use all of your crafty advice!

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Yes. This is a good tip. Alot of people don’t realize how awesome a slightly running egg can be over just about anything. It’s also amazing over plain oatmeal for a savory breakfast. Great tip!

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Megan (Braise The Roof) September 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’m not a huge sewer, but from what I learned in my costume shop days is that you’ll want a good collection of needles. Depending on what kind of fabric you’re sewing you’ll need a variety of needles (thin, small head or sturdier) to make sure you don’t damage the material. Also, those templates that you can find at the fabric stores are really helpful.

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jenna September 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I’ve always wanted to learn to sew!! it sounds so fun and some people make some really beautful unique things! good luck!

you have me craving beans in the worst way possible!! mmmm

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Brenna September 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Goat Cheese = reason for my existence. What kind of beans are those?

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Jessica @ How Sweet September 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Oh dear… I couldn’t give you the slightest clue on how to sew. But I will eat eggs and beans with you!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I love eggs too but only with a runny yolk! My favorite is poached but I’ve never tried eggs over beans… sounds delicious!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) September 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

i’m making this for breakfast tomorrow morning…i can’t wait!

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Ingrid September 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

oooh if you want to sew some curtains , i would get a machine… trying to sew big items like that with no machine will make you cranky and take forever or eventually give up… check out the web for sewing blogs for ides on small crafty items to sew first. it is so fun and satisfying to sew your own things and say look what i have created! but i would get a machine and take a basic sewing class at a place like joann’s before you get really started. all you need is a basic singer machine… nothing fancy :o) flamingotoes.com has some fun tutorials on all sorts of things; sewing, jewelry making and cooking too :o) go from there!

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Amber K September 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I have added black beans to omelettes, but that’s about it when it comes to combining the two!

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Runny eggs rule.

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Maran (New wife New Life) September 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Great minds think alike! I had dippy eggs for lunch too! Except mine were served with toast smoothered in TJ’s white bean and basil hummus. Holy Moly was it delicious! And filling! Normally by this time I would be eating off my arm but I am still full!

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Jenny September 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Eggs…i love eggs. Sewing..i wish i knew. :(

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kate September 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Beans are fabulous. Plus they are cheap! I wish I could help you with the sewing…but Im clueless!

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R @ Learning As I Chop September 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

This reminds me of beans on toast- an English staple

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Janet Perez September 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Try looking at garage sales or Freecycle for a used machine. I got my old singer at an estate sale where it was mounted in a desk type heavy duty wood cabinet for $20. Dont be afraid of an old singer, they last forever! A lot of citys have sewing classes or even like Joanns has classes. Other then that just sit down and sew, whats the worst thats going to happen?

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Estela @ Weekly Bite September 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Love Love Love beans!! I’m cooking some for dinner tonight :)

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Dynamics September 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Olfa rotary cutter, mat and long ruler or quilting ruler. Straight cutting is the key. Making curtains by hand will be rough but it can be done. Fabric fusing and glue may be a better option. Check out this link I found to see what I am talking about. http://www.trystancraft.com/martha/projects/curtains2.html
Have fun!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Love the beans, but I’m not sure if I could eat them with eggs. I’m really picky when it comes to my eggs, and eating them with certain other foods (ok, most other foods) totally grosses me out. But goat cheese and eggs? Yes!

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MMiller September 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Try a craft store…many have classes that are fairly cheap! JoAnn Fabric has them if you have them out there!

You even make beans look good….I am not a fan of beans!

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Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman September 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I love to sew when I have time. My mom taught me when I was 6 years old and I used to sew my own doll clothes. I believe you’re going to have to break down and buy a sewing machine though. You can find one pretty inexpensively though…Walmart, Costco… it’s so much easier if you have a machine. And pillows are a fantastic way to learn! Have fun!

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MMiller September 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Also…try freecycle.org for a sewing machine!

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Shelly September 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Pillows and curtains are the perfect things to learn to sew on b/c they are all straight lines. However, if you want some quick curtains and don’t have a sewing machine, I suggest you just go buy some stitch witchery (sewing tape) and tape down the edges of the curtains that way. Sewing by hand works better on something like a pillowcase where you assemble it inside out, whip-stitch 3 of the sides, then carefully sew down the last side right side out to make it look neat. The best way to learn to sew is to find a friend who owns a sewing machine who is willing to teach you or to go to a fabric store and see when they offer classes. Good luck!

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Lisa September 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I think the previous poster’s mention of taking a sewing class at Joann’s or another craft store is a good one. It requires a minimal investment of time and money and you can try hands-on to see if you enjoy it. There are some great blog tutorials on making pillows and curtains, some no-sew. You may think I’ve lost my mind, but there are some great ideas on making curtains out of painter’s drop cloths like you get at Lowe’s or Home Depot that look surprisingly great. Good luck!

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Amy September 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

I know you are far from home and family, but find a grandma to help ya!! No seriously, that might be a fun thing for you to do through your church or something…your small group could partner up with a senior women’s small group. I bet most of the older women can sew, and would love to pass on their knowledge to you!

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Ali September 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Take a class.
Also, make sure you learn how to thread and run your own machine or the class is pointless. You need to learn on YOUR machine or the same type.

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Cindy K. September 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I bought a used sewing machine too, so they are worth looking into, and then signed up for classes that were offered by my county’s adult education program. I’m not a perfect sewer, but learned enough to make curtains, pillow cases, and other items. I learned to sew a pattern and more importanly use a sewing machine!

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Ali September 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Also, do NOT buy a cheap sewing machine. If you’re going to make curtains and pillows you need something durable that will last. A decent machine should be no less than $500. I know it seems like a lot but if you want to do actual projects you need a good one. If you’re just hemming and stuff I guess you can go cheaper. I have a Janome. It’s awesome.

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Colette September 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I also don’t sew, own a sewing machine, but kinda wish I did so I could learn to sew… but what I’ve used before and LOVE is Stitch Witchery. It’s a fuseable fabric tape and you just have to use an iron to basically glue the seam together. I’ve used it on the hem of my pants (stays on even after several trips through the washing machine) and I even made a little tooth fairy pillow for my daughter with it. Highly recommended. PS – Hope Almanzo is doing better!

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Krystina September 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

That does sound very European.

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Paige @Running Around Normal September 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Sometimes the simplest things are the bestest things:)
I would do more harm than good giving sewing tips. I cannot even sew a button!

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Katie September 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I’m still a beginner as far as sewing goes, but I found the books In Stitches by Amy Butler and Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing to be helpful. Good luck!

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Cindy September 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm

GIRL!! My mom is seamstress, and I have a sewing machine. I know a little about sewing :) I’ve never made my own curtain or pillow cases, but I’m sure if they are simple curtains and cases we can figure it out! We will talk more about this later!

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Kt. September 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Go to Joanne’s, they’ll give you tips and they run specials on machines, I wouldn’t buy a used one from a garage sale, there’s a reason they ended up in the sale…it will frustrate you if the needle gets stuck every few seconds. You’ll learn the running stitch and hem and feed the rod through and there you go, I’ve made lots of curtains over the years and can save you so much money and it’s fun. You can coordinate pillows with your curtains and transform a room in a weekend. I’ve decorated for years for people and can pretty much design on a dime, good luck and remember, you can always rip out a seam if you don’t like it.

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Juanita September 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hey there,

I am an avid sewer. I recommend getting a cheaper machine (I am still using a cheap Brother) and getting hold of a good sewing book (as a minimum it serves as a source of inspiration!). Pillow cases are a great start and OH so simple!

It is great if you can go to a couple of sewing classes as well. I started in sewing classes four years ago and I have now started patternmaking and it is awesome! As with food there is nothing better than making it yourself!

Have a blast with it!

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Exercise and Eat September 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

WOW! you’re a genius:)

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

What a simple yet tasty meal indeed!

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Camille September 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I need to get behind this runny egg movement! :)

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Kelly September 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’ve been sewing since I was in middle school. I was lucky that my school had sewing in home ec and that my grandmother always made my mother and aunts’ clothing. I actually sewed my own prom dress in high school.

I second the others recommendations of taking a sewing class, BUT I would find one where they let you use their machines. I’m always a big fan of try before you buy so you can even see if you like it before you get one, since a machine will run you atleast $100. That said I don’t think you necessarily need a $500 machine. I think mine ran around $300-$400 (I could be wrong) and it’s more than adequate and I tend to do fairly intermediate stuff.

Classes are also great if you are more of a hands on learner because there are some things (like threading the machine) that I think are are a lot easier to learn with someone guiding you than using a manual. They also should cover other topics like how to select material for a project, how to cut it properly, etc., which is helpful. Patterns will tell you a little of this, but generally assume you have a working knowledge of sewing terms. JoAnns is a great place to look as are community education programs. Most cities/suburbs have them and offer classes at a good cost. Sometimes crafters/seamstresses will offer classes in their homes, BUT they don’t always provide a machine for you to use.

Many of the classes also having you making basic home decor stuff like curtains or pillows so you’ll get to make what you would like to anyway.

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Lindsey September 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

This is a total “do as I say, not as I do” moment…but take a class. I just started trying to sew a month ago and it’s really hard/discouraging at times. I’ve looked at so many “learn to sew” blogs and it turns out they don’t give quite enough guidance OR the projects are much harder than a beginner project (according to my friend who’s a great seamstress). I have a super old Bernina that was my grandmother’s, and the local Bernina store offers inexpensive classes–and, of course, so do the craft/fabric stores. Good luck–maybe you’ll be more successful than I was! :)

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eatmovelove September 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Eggs on beans you say?

I say why not? Throw in the cheese and your golden! I

I often enjoy beans as a side dish with chicken or pork and veggies! YUM :)

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Caryn September 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I think people’s suggestions to find a class are definitely good, because then you can actually get some feedback and (hopefully) have access to a machine. If you don’t want to go the machine route, you could try a book. When I began sewing, I used a KLUTZ Simple Sewing book/kit. It’s designed for kids, so the projects probably aren’t super useful for you, but at least the directions should be clear!
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emily hall September 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm

what kind of beans are those? i love beans! yum-0!

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Susan September 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm

You should go to El Coqui and get the egg, bean & rice dish. I love it and get it whenever I go there. Go for lunch, though…it’s cheaper.

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Ally Girl in Her Kitchen September 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I have basic sewing skills. I have a nice machine but I do a lot by hand, too. I do the costuming for my husband’s theatre. I would suggest looking into taking a class. They offer them at community centers or fabric stores sometimes like JoAnn. It’s a great skill to have. I really like being able to hem my own pants!

Ally

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kristinp September 13, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Beans and eggs FTW!!! one of my favorite meals ever (with some hot sauce on top, that is)

OK, so I sew like a crazy person, but I was lucky enough to learn how to sew at about 7. If you want to learn and don’t want to spend the next eight months getting frustrated that it doesn’t look the way you want it to and is taking forever, go take a class in sewing basics. Most local quilt shops or Jo-Ann fabric stores offer them for very cheap and they will guide you through the basics. It is possible to learn on your own, but the frustration of it may dissuade you from actually pushig through to where it becomes enjoyable. Pay a professional $20-40 for a six week class and learn to enjoy it. I cannot tell you how much joy I get from watching people use the things I’ve made for them.

Good luck!
Kristin

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Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com September 14, 2010 at 4:51 am

Runny yolks are my life. They own my soul.

And I do not sew. I am TERRIBLE at it. Actually, I just don’t have the attention span for that sorta thing. I did cross stitch a lizard coaster for my aunt in middle school, though.

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Charise September 14, 2010 at 5:31 am

I LOVE runny eggs over beans – in fact, for dinner later, I am planning on a black bean/sweet potato/kale mix topped with a couple eggs. Yum!

I’ve also wanted to learn to sew to make stuff for the house. Maybe one of these days when I done with grad school, I can add sewing to the list of fun classes to take!

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Kristie September 14, 2010 at 7:10 am

There is an online sewing course available at Freckled Nest (http://frecklednest.blogspot.com/2010/07/home-ec-full-details-registration.html)! Good luck…would love to see how your sewing progresses!

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Natalia @asideofsimple September 14, 2010 at 7:12 am

If Laura touched on topic of sewing in her Little House books, I would be an expert. But alas… no.

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Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks September 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

I have sewed curtains before, but I would not ever ever try to do it without a sewing machine. With a machine it took me a whole day. I can’t imagine doing it by hand. I would advise finding someone you can borrow a sewing machine from!!

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Alyssa September 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

The best tip is to find a teacher. Books and patterns can only teach you so much- you’ll get the best advice and help from an actual person. If I were you I’d ask around at church and see if there’s someone (probably and older lady) who’d like to trade something for sewing lessons. You could offer to trade meals or cookies or take photos or something for them.
A good teacher is vital to learning to sew imo, at least at first.

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katie September 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

i may have made this for dinner last night [although i did use canned black beans, cause, well, thats what i had] and it was quite satisfying. this may be one of my go-to dinners this winter.

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Doc September 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

OH wow, I’m obviously behind in my reading because I just commented on your previous bean post that this is EXACTLY how I would do it.

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Christina September 14, 2010 at 9:30 pm

When you decide how you are going to sew will you pretty please do a post? I’ve been dying to start as well!

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