Ok, with Winter coming up, it's time to get into the slow cooking. One of my favourite dishes is Baked Beans, not that stuff you get from a can, these are a whole different kettle of... erm... Beans. Anyhow... Here's how you make Baked Beans from scratch. Ingredients: 3-400g dried navy beans olive oil 1 onion, chopped Garlic to taste, at least 3 cloves 2 carros 1 meaty ham bone 2 red and 1 green capsicum 1 can tomatoes 1 bay leaf 1 sprig thyme 1 tsp paprika 1/2 teaspoon coriander salt pepper brown sugar [Sorry, ugbox seems to have lost my pictures, I'll see if i can find them again] Firstly, get all your ingredients and lay them out attractively on your benchtop. Note the Paprika sitting there in that little red tin. This is La Chinata Paprika from Vera in Spain, the bittersweet variety. This stuff is strong... not spicy, but it adds an amazing smoky flavour to anything that you put it into, use it sparingly, but if anything is the 'secret ingredient' it's this... or maybe the big ass ham bone. Oh yeah, and my preference for beans is Navy Beans, soak them overnight first. Ok, next up, get the ham bone and throw it into a hot oven, we want to crisp that thing up nicely, and while you're doing that, chop up the vegie material. When that's done, the ham bone should be ready, so remove it from the oven. Damn, I was keen to just munch into that thing. Then throw everything into the pot, with some crushed coriander seeds. Mix thoroughly. Oh yeah, a can of tomatoes too... this is after about 2 hours in a 160-odd degree oven... make sure you have the ham bone in there for the whole time, it'll help give it a good 'meaty' flavour. At about this time, taste it and add a little brown sugar to sweeten, season with salt and pepper too. When finished (requires about 4 hours) serve on a baguette, topped with parmesan, some coriander leaves and lots of salt and pepper... For about $15-20 bucks, I've just made something like 8 meals. And these things taste so much better than the canned variety as I'm sure you can appreciate. Makes for a warmer night under the covers that night too!