WHITE KIDNEY SOUP (In Greek FASOLADA)
2 Cups of White Kidney Beans
2 Celery Stalks
4-5 cloves of Garlic
1 can of Herbs and Spice Tomato
2 Bay leaves
Salt and Black Pepper to taste
4-5 tablespoons of Olive or Vegetable Oil.
Soak beans overnight.
Next day drain and wash thoroughly.
In a large pot of water 3/4 full, place beans and bring to a boil.
Add potato (cut 3/4 inch thick), carrots, celery (each cut 1/4 inch thick), onions (in 8 pieces), can of herbs and spice tomato, garlic, oil, salt and black pepper to taste.
Continue boiling for approximately 45 minutes or until beans are tender.
You may add a few pieces of ham or bacon if you so choose.
1 or 2 tablespoons of Mr. Goudas Trinidad Hot Sauce adds all the flavour in the world.
(A small reminder that this hot sauce contains papaya, celery, onions, garlic and parsley).
White Kidney Bean Soup is very nutritious and contains a lot of Fibre, Calcium, Iron, Vitamins A and C, and almost no fat.
In a few words, the White Kidney Bean Soup is full of goodness.
According to food historians, White Kidney Beans, or Fasolada as the Greeks call them, have been around since the history of the ancient Greeks, and this dish is considered one of the most important national dishes of Greece.
The beans are best served with lots of crusty bread, feta cheese and olives.
They are very easy to make, take little time to prepare, but the results are superb, delicious and tasteful.
This dish is a main course not a side dish and not an appetizer!
Nevertheless, be warned, the acoustic sounds experienced the next day are similar to those of a live concert!! ..
(Please do not laugh this is a very serious matter!)
It is important to let you know that dish is very simple, and like all good soups made from scratch it requires some preparation time. If you have the time, we suggest you make it.
However, if time is of essence to you, then, as always, the innovator in the food industry, Mr. Goudas, has brought this bean delight to you, ready-to-eat, right out of the can, simply heat and serve.
It is made to perfection, with lots of love, and NO MSG....from our kitchen to yours.
Another example of superb cuisine.
To all our Greek friends: kali orexi (which means good appetite).
The following story, which is incorporated in Mr. Goudas' autobiography
'The Immigrant', relates to White Kidney Beans.
Millenium 'Fireworks'! (Funny Story)
January 01, 2000
On New Years Eve, the last hours of 1999, Peter and his sister Marina got together to celebrate the entry of the new Millennium. Mr. Goudas planned to enter the new Millennium in the office, because he wanted to ensure that the Millennium bug did not affect his operations.
We were all well warned in advance of the Millennium bug, and the possibility of shutting down computer systems, and state of the art computerized production machinery.
Some time ago, he told his sister, he was planning celebrations at the office, although, many respectable organizations and embassies invited him to their celebrations.
Peter had requested his sister to make a traditional Greek plate by the name (fasolada).
When his sister showed up with the fasolada (white kidney beans soup) that she had already made, along with other foods that accompany fasolada, such as herring, feta cheese, calamata olives, Greek bread, and green onions, he started celebrating while slowly bringing these foods together.
Emptying quickly one dish after another, the two of them are sitting in front of the TV, watching millennium celebrations throughout the world, and talking to each-other.
Every hour, another part of the world enters the millennium, and the TV shows how people are dancing happily to loud music, hugging and kissing, and yelling out Happy New Year, while dazzling and colorful fireworks in the sky added more loudness to the celebration.
A couple of hours after midnight, Peter discovers to his surprise that the pan with the fasolada was almost empty. They had really enjoyed those beans, and this enjoyment started to gradually bring even more surprises that made Peter and Marina giggle at first, and then burst into laughs.
You see, despite the loud sounding fireworks in the sky around the world, Peter and Marina may have enjoyed more surprising sounds, where the effects of the fasolada, provided the loudest sounds of them all!
We hope you had fun reading the above story!
Now lets turn to the other article about soups, which we think you will also enjoy.
The story was written by Spyros Peter Goudas with the assistance of Bernadette Scott
Spyros Peter Goudas
Σπύρος Πήτερ Γούδας