Mini muffins. Mini pies. Mini Tacos. Mini Burgers. Minnie Mouse.
Ok. So she's not so popular anymore. Give the gal a break. She's been around the mouse hole a time or two.
Mini is cute. Mini is fun. Mini is a party girl.
But mini is a sly little minx. Has a dark side.
Mini has a way of making us look petite and polite while we scarf down a dozen shrunken hot dogs.
Mini is the green light for evil.
So I make a case for Giant. Big. Ginormous. Honkin'.
Giant doesn't play games. Giant doesn't lurk under a dainty disguise just waiting to sink its nails into your self control.
And giant is good for a laugh. Good for a good laugh. Not some shrugged shoulder, tee-hee, hide behind your hand laugh.
Standing in my kitchen with only four beans practically filling my hand, I laughed a good laugh.
Baked Giant Butter Bean (Yigandes) from Food From Many Greek Kitchens
I wanted to use giant speckled butter beans, also called Christmas Lima Beans because they are more attractive than plain old white ones. But this is what I could find.
Not so giant until they are soaked--but that's what led to giant laughs when The Boy & I saw how much they expanded
This dish was good, but not great like the other Tessa Kiros dishes we've tried so far. Part of it was that we're used to a certain style of slow cooked beans. I was raised on red beans and rice and these baked butter beans were very different from that. Kiros begins the recipe by writing, "In Greece, a lot of legumes are eaten as a main meal." We found this dish too one dimensional to be the entrée.