I like to get lost in a good book and have started reading Nourished by Lia Huber. It’s her memoir of food, faith, and enduring love. Three topics for which we all hunger. Nourished is like a Christian version of Eat, Pray, Love.
Throughout, Huber treats us to scrumptious meals (through both the narrative and recipes paired with each chapter) while sharing the vulnerable, tender roller coaster of emotions and self-exploration that define true love and deep faith. Her story spans twenty years as Huber takes us along to pasta lessons in Bologna with Francesca; the “right place, right time” moment at the farmers’ market that helped her break into food writing; and the harrowing lengths she went to obtain a yucca flower for dinner!
Lia includes mouthwatering recipes that translate that period of her life to the plate at the end of each chapter. I am delighted to be able to share with you her recipe for Frijoles De Lia. It’s an earthy dish that can be eaten as a meal, or wrap it up in a flour tortilla and make it into a burrito.
Frijoles De Lia
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1 med onion chopped
- 2 large poblano chiles seeded and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 garlic cloves smashed
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp ground ancho chile
- 1 1/2 cups dried black beans rinsed and soaked overnight
- sea salt
In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
Add the onion, poblano chiles, and garlic and sauté for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden brown.
Add the cumin, coriander, oregano, and ancho chile and sauté for 1 minute, until fragrant.
Add the beans, a generous pinch of salt, and 6 cups cold water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the beans are tender.
Using a potato masher, mash the beans until there’s a mix of whole beans and creamy mashed beans.
Reprinted from NOURISHED: A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love (with Recipes) COPYRIGHT © 2017 by Lia Huber. Published by Convergent, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
In the course of her story, Huber realizes that when she’s deliberate about what she eats, it nurtures all parts of her being–body, soul, and spirit. “Food is so much more than just something we put in our mouths or use to fuel our bodies,” Huber writes. It’s a blend of memories, emotions, feelings, needs. There’s a soul to food, isn’t there? Fragrances and flavors intermingle with our life experiences to become wondrously satisfying in ways that stretch far beyond the plate.” Wholesome, real food is what ultimately saved Lia, and why she’s made the choice to nourish others with her story.
Look for Nourished at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.3