Thursday, 18 August 2011

Spicy pinto bean soup or Plaids Bethan Jenkins, ...

... that's a question indeed, a delicious deep bowl of soup or shallow plate of politics from the "separatist agenda", make up your own mind ...

For the soup you need ...

Ingredients, for 4 ...
100g dried pinto beans,  2 tbsp butter,  1 tbsp olive oil,  1 red onion, chopped,  2 garlic cloves, chopped,  1 red pepper, de-seeded and diced,  2 carrots, chopped,  2 tsp chilli powder,  2 tsp ground cumin,  2 bay leaves,  1.5 litres vegetable stock,  400g tin of chopped tomatoes,  Sea salt,  1 small iceberg lettuce finely shredded,  Soured cream,  Leaves from a small bunch of fresh coriander,  Lime wedges

Method ...

1 Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Drain and set aside.
2 Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan, set over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper, carrots and a pinch of salt.
3 Cook for 10 minutes, until softened. Stir in the chilli powder, cumin and bay leaves. Cook for 1 minute, until aromatic.
4 Increase the heat to high. Add the stock, tomatoes and beans and bring to the boil. Reduce to a medium simmer and cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, until the beans are tender.
5 Serve topped with shredded lettuce, a dollop of soured cream and a few coriander leaves. Offer lime wedges on the side. 

Recipe by Ross Dobson of The Times, what a fine newspaper.

Having enjoyed the bowl of soup what has Jenkins got to offer, either the electorate or Plaid "the separatist agenda" Cymru ?

Her history is school and Plaid Cymru, so we can expect an introspective view of the world coupled with a vision of an independent left wing utopia, was it learned at the hearth of her father the long-term co–editor of Red Poets.I wonder ?

Today she opens a discussion regarding the Plaid leadership contest, a faction within Plaid would like to change the rules so that non-elected members might race for the coveted leaders badge, a little like the blue-peter badge without the excitement, and in a democracy it should be possible to elect anyone to the position of party leader, though why any party would want a leader that doesn't have a platform is puzzling.

Interesting though, some elected members of the Assembly see the next leader as a caretaker-in-waiting for the return of the native Adam Price, Plaid AM Lindsay Whittle is on record as writing "Whoever will be our new leader must now recognise it’s an interim post in my opinion."

So the contest hereabouts between the soup or Jenkins, do I see the beginnings of a double chin in her image, is won hands down by ....

... the "Spicy Pinto Bean Soup", considered to be interesting and flavoursome with a hint of things yet to come ...
... the runner up is same-old, same-old Plaid politics delivered by 2nd division politics ...


  1. That soup looks just great ...good for vegetarians.
    I wonder what Bethan thinks about that Bitch Duncan Higgitt taking Rhetoric's four articles offline from Why? Because Rhetoric complained about his articles being changed, words added, comma's and dash's inserted-misrepresented

  2. That soup looks just great ...good for vegetarians.
    I wonder what Bethan thinks about that Bitch Duncan Higgitt taking Rhetoric's four articles offline from Why? Because Rhetoric complained about his articles being changed, words added, comma's and dash's inserted-misrepresented

  3. Wales Home has changed quite a bit during the last 6 months ...

    ... I'm sure that Higgitt's therapist thinks he can be a bit of a knob at times, as if censoring you changes your opinion, as for Jenkins, I'm guessing she's eating too much chocolate by the shape of her chin.

    Why not open a public blog and link your thoughts to Wales Home, he cannot interfere ...

  4. I agree John with Waleshome.I put alot of effort into those articles. They were not blogposts written in 5 minutes. There was research.

    Male bitch Duncan has seen the previous comment and has proceeded to send me an e-mail with a link to it. I will proceed later to see if there is any worm or spyware attachment to it.


  5. Rhetoric - sorry, Bob Innes, also known as RD Innes - wouldn't know about how WalesHome has changed, seeing as he only started leaving comments on it six months ago. Oh, and the link was to this piece.

    John, your contemptible comments about Bethan's shape reveals just how little you have to say about Welsh politics. And I don't know if you've noticed, but we've been scrapping every trolling attempt you've made to link to our site.

    Try and keep up, both of you.

  6. Duncan, when I make a link to your site, it is so that people who visit me are able to experience your vision of Wales that I write about, with its incumbent tripe.

    There is a fundamental difference between you and me, you are of the "separatist agenda", I am not.

    Having said that, I hope to send visitors your way to enjoy your vision of ... dare I say it ... the separatist asylum.

  7. "...that I write about, with its incumbent tripe."

    Don't be so harsh on yourself, your writing's not always tripe.

  8. I would not have done that to anyone Duncan Higgitt. Taking articles off that someone else took the time to write.
    John speaks alot of sense much of the time, thats why I read his blog.
    That's exactly the treatment you gave rhetoric on ' Don't be harsh on yourself, your writing's not always tripe' YOU AT JOHN bitching and bitching with snide little comments at me and other people. That's the sort of Bitchy writing wander why I call you a bitch?

  9. Hi Rhetoric, dopey Duncan does it again, demonstrates an uncanny stupidity, I'll leave it to demonstrate freedom of expression, he's not such a clever person as you know.

    We can never please everybody Rhetoric, but if one person passes on one of the recipe's I've included, it's a job well done.

  10. He's a master at snide little comments, thats why hes a bitch.
    Freedom of expression over at Waleshome- for those certain people deemed worthy of freedom of speech. Give me liberalism every time, not censorship.
    Keep your recipes coming, I always read em..

  11. one other thing John, Duncan's comment at 14.03 today.....
    How did he know I did not take the link?
    It's in his wording, an employee of the Welsh Government using his time to send spyware software in government time