Baked beans and kangaroo stew

Zaia

Zaia is a musician, homesteader, permaculturist, holistic health and wellness coach and sustainability advocate. She and husband Tom run permaculture designed farm "Maungaraeeda" on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the not for profit organisation the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. and teach permaculture and self reliance. Zaia loves cooking and always comes up with new and different recipes to prepare the food she grows. She is a percussionist and is involved in various musical projects, including community music projects. She writes about life on the farm and tries to post regular photos.

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4 Responses

  1. Reisha Marris says:

    Just a thought… If you are going to label something vegan, don’t add any animal products within the recipe or write-up, it is actually really offensive and insensitive. It would be much better for you to do the Kangaroo Stew separately to the Baked Beans recipe, then on the Kangaroo Stew you could say “This goes nicely with the Baked Bean Recipe”… [with a link to the recipe]. This is the same on some other recipes. Vegan recipes should have no animal product or by-product including honey, eggs, etc. Thank you.

    • Zaia says:

      Noted and fixed. Unfortunately I am time poor, and it makes more sense for me to post recipes for an entire meal. I do try and offer substitutes for different diets in any given recipe, my apologies if some slipped through the cracks…

  2. Maria says:

    Hi Zaia. I was only saying to my sister today that I wanted to make my own baked beans. However I don’t understand the part about “enough tomato paste to thicken”. It seems to me that to thicken this to tinned baked beans consistency would require a bucket load of tomato paste which would be unpalatable. I just find this part very vague and don’t really want to mess up umpty times experimenting. Could you elucidate please?

    • Zaia says:

      Hi Maria,
      Thanks for your question!
      As you only just cover the beans with water to cook them, a lot of the water evaporates and so not much tomato paste is needed to thicken it. Another method is pre-cooking the beans, pouring the water off, then adding a bottle of passata (strained tomatoes) to the beans. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil again, then simmer as per the recipe. I hope this gives you some ideas!

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