i don't think i've ever posted a recipe here before.  but the pebbles and i have undertaken a personal challenge to make at least one new recipe each week for the first year we're married (almost six months so far and still going strong), and yesterday, we found a definite winner, so i pass it on to you.

homemade beans on toast
(based on/improved from this jamie oliver recipe)

2 cans white beans (cannellini, butter, mixed, whatever) or an equal
amount of dried, soaked beans
3 peeled garlic cloves
a few sprigs fresh thyme
3 bay leaves
1 potato, peeled and halved
a few cherry tomatoes, or one larger tomato, halved
olive oil
vinegar
a few sprigs fresh basil, chopped
salt & pepper
dash of worcestershire sauce
slices of your favorite bread

wash beans; place into deep pot and cover with cold water. throw in garlic, thyme, bay leaves, potato and tomato(es). bring slowly to boil. cover with lid and simmer for about 30 mins, longer if using dried/soaked beans.  when fragrant, drain everything in a colander, reserving enough cooking water to re-cover beans halfway up when put back in pot. remove and discard bay leaves; remove garlic, potato and tomatoes. pinch skin off tomatoes. mash garlic, tomatoes and potato together on a plate, then stir back into beans. season with salt and pepper, add olive oil, vinegar, worcestershire, and fresh chopped basil. serve on toasted bread.

in hindsight, i should have also added the leftover chicken gravy i had in the fridge, and saved the cooking
water that wasn't needed for the beans themselves afterward to use later as the base for a soup.  but the beans were delicious in any case!

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