adventures of an american housewife in the south of france

Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad

Last week we had our monthly Book Club meeting with an extra bonus celebration for Kate's Birthday.  We read The Glass Castle which is a raw and startling memoir about a family moving around the US living in poverty.  The author's parents were clearly mentally ill and the children were forced to fight for their own survival.  I've read a lot of memoirs in my day and this was one of the most interesting and eye opening. We usually pick a food theme based on the book.  With The Glass Castle, any food at all would have been appropriate (lard sandwiches anyone?)   We narrowed it down to a Southwestern theme, since the author spent the early part of her childhood in the abandoned desert towns of eastern California and Arizona. I decided to create a Corn and Black Bean Salad.  I did a little online research to see what ingredients people usually use for flavor and came up with the recipe below.  The result was super tasty as a stand alone salad, as a form of salsa for chips, and on the delicious fajitas that our host made.  So versatile! Most people would put cilantro in this salad, but since I think cilantro is an evil herb that tastes the way B.O. smells, I left it out.  However, in the future I would maybe include grape tomatoes and definitely red bell peppers.  I think the peppers would add a nice sweet crunch, but Kate is allergic and it was her birthday so I didn't want to make her pick them out.  That's just the kind of awesome friend I am. You'll Need:
  • 1 bag of frozen corn
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ of a red onion, minced
  • 1 cup diced mangoes
  • 2 jalepenos, minced
  • 2 large avocados, diced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp. salt
Directions: Place frozen corn in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes to let the corn thaw.  Then combine next 5 ingredients through avocado in a large bowl.  Add lime juice and salt to taste.

And for dessert:  some delicious Birthday Macaroons from Paulette in Hayes Valley!  Although they came in a variety of creative flavors like Earl Grey Tea, they were not as good as the ones I dream about.

Happy 29th Birthday Kate!

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