Perfect black beans

  • 225g dried black beans
  • 1 medium onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 10g granulated sugar
  • 30ml white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped spring onions, for garnish
1) The night before, soak the black beans in a large pan of water.

2) The next day, rinse the beans, cover with 700ml of fresh water and bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes, skimming off any foam.

3) Stir in the onion and simmer 30 minutes more. Add the garlic, oregano, cumin, and dried chilli flakes, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4) Stir in the sugar and vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Turn out into a large serving bowl and garnish with chopped spring onions.

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