Succotash is what happens when you look at a jar of dried beans while your blood sugar is crashing. Thinking I had white beans in my hands I quickly submerged them in water, ate something simple for dinner and went to bed. It wasn’t until the next morning, moments before I headed out on my snake dodging long run, that I realized these weren’t white beans but gigantor Lima beans. No problem, I’d just replace the white beans in the recipe I was dreaming up with some Lima beans. But what was I to do with the 4 cups that would be leftover? I had corn, I had some sun dried tomatoes and ketchup. I had a collection of spices.
I had exactly what I needed for pseudoplastic succotash.
I did it. It impressed like tennis shoes at the prom. It’s a good thing too because four cups of Lima Beans make a ton of succotash. I’ll be eating the leftovers all week long.
Succotash With a Pseudoplastic Twist
-4 cups of dried Lima beans, soaked overnight
-3 Tbs. butter
-3 Tbs. olive oil
-1/4 cup sundried tomatoes (not in oil)
-1 bag of frozen corn
-1 1/2 tsp salt
-1 1/2 tsp dried basil
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tsp sage
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1/4 cup ketchup
1. Boil the Lima beans for 80 minutes (or until soft).
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the olive oil and sun dried tomatoes. Heat for two minutes stirring constantly.
3. Stir in the Lima beans and corn. Cover the saucepan and heat for ten minutes.
4. Add the spices and ketchup. Mix thoroughly. Continue to heat until warmed the whole way through. Serve again and again and again and again.
Cub Scouts are a 5 piece that hails from Brisbane, Australia. It is a place not known for its succotash. In fact, I might venture to say that Cub Scouts have never heard of succotash. I don’t know, I didn’t ask them. What I do know is that the band has an ability to craft charismatic pop songs. Take “Evie” for instance. This track features a steel drum, my least favorite percussion instrument, and yet I still find myself humming it all day long. With a follow-up single “Do You Hear” (that is not quite as catchy) and an EP on the way, things are just beginning to happen for Cub Scouts. All we can do is “be prepared men” (oh wait, that’s boy scouts).
It took Bunny West to make me an Iron Maiden fan. Bunny is an artist who was “born on a locomotive and raised on a reservation.” Her music features a bed of sound lying softly behind a powerful voice. It is a voice that sends shivers down spines and brings tears to eyes. Her cover of “Run to the Hills” had me listening to the lyrics for the first time ever. There is hurt in these words. There is pain in them. There is something that seemed to be missing from the Iron Maiden version (which I just listened again, can you say pales). Still, Bunny has made me a fan. It takes balls for a metal band to stand up and speak out against past atrocities. It just takes a feminine touch to get the most out of the song.
Bunny West-Run to the Hills (Iron Maiden Cover)