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Moravian Beans and Cornbread For A Rainy Night

by Spicie Foodie on April 23, 2012

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recipe; beans and cornbread; smoked pork; Czech smoked meat; corn bread; white beans; navy beans; radish; juniper berries; marjoram; fusion beans; Czech American Beans; Moravian meat; stews; soups; rainy day meal; food

My eyes slowly open, it’s another grey spring day. Eventually and lazily I roll out of bed. Wrapping the soft brown shawl around my shoulders as I make my way to the window. Pulling the curtain aside reveals glistening cobblestone sidewalks and terracotta rooftops. It has  been raining overnight. Gazing up I can see the rain has helped the trees bloom, green leaves on all of them. In the background Joanie and Chachi, aka Minions, are now aware that we too are ready to start our day.

The grey day doesn’t deter the Minions from caring on with their boisterous morning routine. Joanie is pacing back and forth, impatiently waiting for the cage door to be opened. I open their cage, seconds later out come the goofy cockatiels. Little kisses for the Minions and off they go to fully stretch their wings. The whole flocks carries on with each of our morning and daily routines.

recipe; beans and cornbread; smoked pork; Czech smoked meat; corn bread; white beans; navy beans; radish; juniper berries; marjoram; fusion beans; Czech American Beans; Moravian meat; stews; soups; rainy day meal; food

Rainy grey days can make one feel like an unshakable grogginess comes over our bodies. Those days have a way of making things seem like they are on a slow pace, minutes feel like hours. Rainy days feel like they should be spent under a warm blanket while sipping countless cups of warming drinks. But alas the day must go on and the daily tasks need to be accomplished.

This damp spring day I knew there was only one thing that could bring some sunshine to my kitchen, a hearty warming meal. Beans and cornbread is a perfect rainy day meal. In my kitchen beans and cornbread can take on a few different variations. This grey day they became a fusion of American and Czech flavors. Southern style cornbread, smoked Moravian (region in Czech Republic) pork pulled together with a melange of European spices.

recipe; beans and cornbread; smoked pork; Czech smoked meat; corn bread; white beans; navy beans; radish; juniper berries; marjoram; fusion beans; Czech American Beans; Moravian meat; stews; soups; rainy day meal; food Joy and comfort found in a pot of beans.

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Moravian Beans and Cornbread (Moravian take on a Southern Classic)
100 grams or 3.5 oz Moravian or your choice of smoked pork, cubed
1 1/4 cup dried white navy beans = 3 1/2 cups cooked
3 cups vegetable broth
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
10 whole juniper berries
2 small or 1 large bay leaf
1 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 tsp. ground caraway
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sweet paprika
1-2 tbsp. sunflower oil

Cornbread, try my recipe 
thinly sliced radishes, for topping

1. Cook the navy beans until soft. Heat 1 tbsp. of sunflower oil in a pot, add the finely chopped onion and saute until translucent. Once translucent add the cubed Moravian meat or smoked pork. Saute for 5 minutes then add the minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes, if you need to add the remaining sunflower oil to prevent sticking do so now. Stir in all of the spices except the paprika and mix unitl well combined. Add cooked drained beans, stir and add the paprika into the pan. Pour in vegetable broth and stir to well distribute the spices in the broth.

2. Turn heat to medium low and simmer until the broth thickens and it is to the consistency of your liking. Taste and adjust spices if needed.

Serve over corn bread and top with slices of radish.

recipe; beans and cornbread; smoked pork; Czech smoked meat; corn bread; white beans; navy beans; radish; juniper berries; marjoram; fusion beans; Czech American Beans; Moravian meat; stews; soups; rainy day meal; food

Hearty, warming, satisfying. Yes, the perfect meal for a cool wet spring night.

 

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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa April 23, 2012 at 7:48 AM

A marvelous combination! The kind of food comforting I love.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie April 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Me too:) Thank you Rosa.

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3 Michelle April 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM

i haven’t had cornbread before. this is interesting.

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4 Spicie Foodie April 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

You should give it a try Michelle. Thanks!

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5 Rochelle (@AcquiredLife) April 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I haven’t had cornbread in forever! I am dying for a piece right now and those beans seem to be the perfect accompaniment (I’m on my way to the cornbread recipe now :D)

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6 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I hope you try it Rochelle. I personally can’t go without cornbread for too long:)

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7 Kiri W. April 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I am not a cornbread fan, but my wife loves it. I on the other hand, would adore these beans – maybe I’d even like the cornbread with these :) Nicely done!

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8 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I do remember you saying that before. Too, bad but maybe you could try it with some crusty country bread. Thanks Kiri :)

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9 Priscilla M April 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I’m not a big fan of corn bread, but the soup looks very delicious!

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10 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Thanks Priscilla!

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11 Magic of Spice April 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

The guys would love this! Such beautiful flavors…perfect for a rainy day indeed! In fact it is supposed to rain here all week, so maybe I should me a nice mommy and make
them some :)

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12 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Thank you sweetie! It really makes the soul and tummy feel better on those rainy days.

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13 tania@mykitchenstories April 23, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I love beans so much. I am afraid I couldn’t get my teenager to eat this though. I wonder idf I tried it and gave him a bottle of tomato sauce to accompany if things would improve for me

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14 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Give it a try Tania, you never know:)

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15 mjskit April 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

I love smothering cornbread with black-eyed peas, but these moravian beans look like a fabulous alternative! I love the seasoning you used for these beans. Delicious!

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16 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I’ve never tried with black-eyed peas, now I’m craving it. Thank you!

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17 Kimberly (unrivaledkitch) April 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM

beautiful Nancy! the cornbread looks fantastic. love the photos. Have a great week!

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18 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Hi Kimberly, Thank you and you too:)

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19 Judy@Savoring Today April 24, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Beans and cornbread is perfect for a rainy night — just perfect!

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20 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I think so too Judy:)

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21 Vicki Bensinger April 24, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Wow these look great and with the cornbread it makes me hungry. Your writing by the way is beautiful.

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22 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Thank you Vicki:)

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23 anna April 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

hope your weather clears up soon! these look great!

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24 Spicie Foodie April 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Thanks! We had a lovely day yesterday so hopefully it stays.

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25 Yelena April 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM

We have rain al week here-(( I am cooking comfort food also-)) Love your recipe, will cook that soon, and radishes looks so happy-)

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26 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

This really is perfect for a rainy night, enjoy:) Thank you.

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27 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Hi Nancy!

I know how freezing dark europe can be, I dont realy miss it either. O.O
A hot beans plate sounds indeed perfect for such rainy days. I dont know the original mexican dish but I can tell u that I love the spices u have added to it, the european twist. Kind of hungarian vibes ( I dont know any czech dishes but I guesse there are similiarities in the 2 cuisines). Your cornbread looks awesome too, it surely fits all well together! What I loved the most of the beans dish is that u have added smoked pork. It must be like heaven! thanks a bunch for sharing and creating a lovely, warming, fusion dish.

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28 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

You are lucky to live in year round sunshine Helene:) This is actually not a Mexican dish, though we do have plenty of bean dishes, it is from the American south. There are a few similarities as you said, even with Germany and Austrian cuisine, well we are neighbors. Thank you!

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29 Laura @ Family Spice April 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

We have some grey days, even in Southern California. I think tourists are disappointed when they coming during May Grey and June Gloom, our cloudy months. Mmmmm…. cornbread… I’ve seen it with chili but not beans. Definitely worth curling up to!

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30 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I had no idea you had a cloudy season like that, just figured it was sunshine year round. Thanks!

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31 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Very poetic writing and beautiful! I’ve never had corn bread with beans! Very interesting recipe. Today is a cloudy day for us and rain tomorrow for 2 days… and we just had summer weathers for a few days last week. I wish to to taste this!

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32 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thank you Nami:) I hope the sunshine returns to you very soon.

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33 Richa@HobbyandMore April 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Love the beans with the cornbread and love the light play in the pictures!

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34 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thank you!

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35 Ramona April 24, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Lovely pot of beans!! The cornbread just makes it all the better. :)

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36 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thank you Ramona!

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37 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef April 24, 2012 at 10:23 PM

What a wonderful midweek meal. I’d love this.

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38 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Thanks Maureen:)!

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39 Priscilla-She's Cookin' April 25, 2012 at 1:20 AM

I grew up with beans and cornbread and am loving your Moravian twist on the beans :) Perfect for a rainy day, indeed.

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40 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Lucky you Priscilla ;) Thank you.

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41 Crystal @ A Lovin' Forkful April 25, 2012 at 2:49 AM

This dish is taking me home to my childhood. I absolutely love the combo of beans and cornbread. Your recipe looks great!

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42 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Thank you Crystal :)

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43 Liz April 25, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Look at you with the #1 spot in the Top 9!!! This looks like an amazing meal…and styled and photographed to perfection. Congratulations, Nancy!!!!

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44 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I feel so special, hehe:) Thank you Lizzy!

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45 Kayleigh April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I love cornbread anything… !

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46 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Would have to agree with you:)

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47 alyce culinary thymes April 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Sounds great!

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48 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Thank you Alyce!

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49 Trix April 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I am a HUGE fan of Southern style beans and cornbread – it’s one of the few family tradiitonal dishes I actually have. I am sure I would love this (hey, I already know I love Moravian wine!) Congrats on top 9!!! xoxo

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50 Spicie Foodie April 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Really? I need to check your blog for your family recipe. Thank you!

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51 melanieinsandiego April 26, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Rain is suppposed to arrive here tomorrow – must be why your recipes seem so very appealing tonight. I love cornbread and beans – will be having this combination as soon as I can find everything I need. Thanks!

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52 Spicie Foodie April 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I hope you enjoy it Melanie!

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53 vianney April 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Wonderful words and a stunning dish, beans make every day special.

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54 Spicie Foodie April 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Thanks Vianney.

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55 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) April 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Nancy, this is exactly the kind of bean recipe that I’ve been wanting to try–I’m such a novice at preparing bean dishes that my recipes end up being something entirely different than what I intended/wanted. I can’t stop looking at that pot of beans–they look so, so good! This will be my next bean recipe to try, thank you! :)

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56 Spicie Foodie April 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Hi Jean,
Do let me know how you like it:) Beans are so fun like that, they can take on so many different looks.

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