is this a US or UK 14? can't remember how it goes, US is a size smaller than UK right? eg a US 14 would be a UK 16?? hehe, not that it really matters, i'm a UK 16
I think that the US sizes are 2 smaller than UK. Like a UK 16 is a US 12. I'm from the US, but did a study abroad program in Leeds last year and quickly learned I did not fit into the clothes that were the equivalent of the US size. What a disappointment to the ego.
i'm trying to make a belt and only want a simple buckle. i tried going to the joann's and michael's in the local area, but had no luck. does anyone have good ideas on where to buy cheap buckles? thanks.
recipes: yea, but it really depends on what you like, here's some popular bean dishes: hummus, refried beans, black bean soup, lentil soup, dal.
i'll just list the first two, which are my favs:
Hummus: 2 cups cooked chickpeas (you can cook em yourself or buy and drain a 14 oz can) 1-2 cloves garlic 1/4 c lemon juice 1/4 - 1/3 c sesame tahini (found in health food sections of supermarket) 1 t cumin powder 1/2 t salt (or to taste) olive oil (to get a smooth consistency)
put all in blender/food processor and blend til smooth. place in bowl and make a cross with paprika or cayenne powder over the hummus (my aunt who's from macedonia says it's tradition to keep evil spirits away). serve with pita bread or in sandwiches.
refried beans: 2 c cooked pinto beans (or 14 oz can) 1 onion 1-2 jalapenos 1-2 cloves of garlic 2 t cumin powder optional: 1 t chili powder, tomatoes, bell peppers
Saute the onion, jalapeno, garlic in olive oil til onion's ready and soft. add cumin and other mexali spices. cook about a minute. add tomatoes and bell peppers if you like now. add pinto beans with some water to prevent sticking and mash the pinto beans with a wooden spoon to achieve a lumpy viscous consistency. add salt & pepper to taste.
oh man. i just approx those recipes, but when in doubt taste it!
other tips: beans are great in stews and salads. it's easy to add them in those dishes.
i love beans, but am far too picky (and cheap) to eat the canned ones, so I always take hours in the kitchen cooking the dried ones. Until just recently...
Quick dried beans tutorial for non-beanie types: 1)soak em overnight 2)drain 3)add more water, cook 45-60+ minutes depending on type of bean 4) taste for doneness
My alteration was instead of cooking beans right before I made dinner, I cooked them in the morning before I went to work, since I normally get up about an hour before I leave the apt. This has saved me soooo much time, cos then the bulk of my dinner cooking time is reduced, and I still get high quality food.