Beans and Rice: The Food of SANDMAN SLIM

Reading Richard Kadrey's SANDMAN SLIM was a total adrenaline rush. I picked this book up for my Kobo in the post-Christmas sale, and got it for $1.99. Now I feel like I should have paid more. Sometimes this girl just needs a book with lots of guns and stolen cars, and this totally fit the bill. And then some.

SANDMAN SLIM is like Harry Dresden's older, black sheep, rebellious brother. With a talking severed head and everything.

There's not a lot of food in this book. To be expected, I guess, when Sandman Slim, aka Stark, has just returned to earth after spending eleven years in Hell, and the only thing on his mind is revenge. However, he does develop a taste for Carlos's beans and rice at The Bamboo House of Dolls.

The first time Stark sets foot in the place he orders "carne asada and Carlos brings me the meat with beans, rice and guacamole. It's like God left his lunch in the microwave and you get to finish it."

In fact, the beans and rice become a fuel for Stark:

I lie down for a while, trying to get the kinks out of my back, but I'm too restless, so I walk over to the Bamboo House of Dolls. Carlos says hi, but I just sort of grunt at him. Being a good bartender, Carlos sees all and knows all. He brings me a double Jack, along with some rice and beans with warm tortillas. Then he leaves me alone.

and later,

Carlos hands me a plate of rice, beans, and enchiladas in a thick mole sauce. I tear right into them. I'm starving after the fight, and Carlos's food is so good I want to marry it.

I guess beans and rice makes for good fuel between fighting the bad guys.

[Note: there is no reference for these quotes because there are no chapters in this book. In this Kobo version, I've got the story split into four parts, but in each part, the numbering of the pages starts over from one. My references won't necessarily match the version you're reading.]

I'm not sure what magic ingredient Carlos uses in his beans and rice, so you'll have to settle for a recipe I like. Fighting bad guys is not included.

BLACK AND WHITE BEANS AND RICE

1 cup white rice 3 Tablespoons olive oil 1 red onion, chopped 3 - 4 cloves garlic, crushed, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped 1 yellow pepper, chopped dash cumin dash Tabasco sauce (Chipotle Tabasco would be great. Or just add chipotle powder.) 2 cans 540 mL black beans, drained & rinsed salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to directions. Meanwhile, start cooking onion in olive oil in medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic. Cook until onions begin to soften. Add peppers. Cook until onions are translucent and peppers begin to soften. Add beans and spices. Season to taste. Stir in cooked rice.

Serve with avocado and lime wedges. Or, in my house, we add President's Choice Smokin' Stampede Barbeque Sauce. Yum.

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