Backpacking Recipe: Rum and Black Bean Soup

Enjoy this hardy and healthy Mexican soup at home or in camp

1 cup dried black beans

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 stalk celery, chopped

3 sprigs parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon thyme

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon butter

1 cube beef bullion

2 cups water

1/4 cup dark rum

lime juice to taste

salt and pepper to taste

In camp Put the dried black beans into a liter bottle and fill with 2 cups water to rehydrate for 30 minutes. Drain beans. Cook onion, celery, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in butter over low heat for 10 minutes. Add bullion, water, and beans. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until beans are tender. Add more water as necessary to keep beans covered. Discard bay leaf and stir in rum, lime juice, and salt and pepper. Serves two as an appetizer.