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  1. Heat the oil in a large deep sided pan, add the onion and cook slowly until soft and translucent and beginning to brown around the edges, 10-15 minutes,
  2. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, add the spices and mustard powder and continue to cook for a minute or so moving them around the pan.
  3. Add the tomato puree, stir to combine and add the tinned tomatoes, maple syrup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, water and salt and pepper. Add the liquid smoke if you are using and bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes over a low heat.
  4. Add the beans and continue to cook for a further 10 minutes until the beans are warm through. Taste and season. Take off the heat and add the chopped parsley and chives. Mix well. See serving suggestions below.
Recipe Notes


Serve with a simple roast chicken and greens or with some really good meaty sausages.

You can also make a well in the beans, crack four eggs in, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes until the eggs are cooked or to your liking.  You can also sprinkle with feta and a bit of roughly chopped coriander and serve with crusty bread.

Liquid smoke is a food flavouring and is generally made by condensing the smoke from wood.  It is great to bring a smokey flavour to cooking and is often used on BBQ meats, pulled pork, dips and sauces where you want a woody, smokey flavour.  Brands can have a number of additives so look for a brand that is a natural liquid smoke with no additives or preservatives.  You can get it online or at big supermarkets.



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