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Episode 27: Sing Me Spanish B-Sides!

Well, they're not technically Spanish, they're Mexican and it's really a play on the New Pornographers song "Sing Me Spanish Techno" and didn't I shoot this in like January and STOP IT PLAY THE VIDEO


Alright, so these are a little boring. But functional! And practical! And I have no idea if it's legit Mexican. But I will point out that side dishes are hard. It's easy to get a great cut of meat or a great dish but then have nothing to serve on the side. These two little dishes put above their weight and are dead easy. So easy, in fact, that the video was so boring to edit that it's been sitting on my hard drive for 7 months. 

The origin of the two recipes is also rather prosaic: one came from a weight-loss cookbook, the other from the side of a can of beans. The rice came from "Looneyspoons" which was a cookbook my sister bought herself & my mother ended up buying me, and it's all about low fat errrrrv'rything and punny names. Lots of punny names. This rice, for example was "La Rice-A Bon-Eata". Yes, like the Madonna song. Yes, I'm ashamed. The beans (which I've dubbed "Los Frijoles Del Reyes") as off the side of a Goya Black Bean tin, and were named after two Matt Groening references: 1) On the Simpsons, when Sideshow Bob holds the town for ransom unless all TV is shut down. Bumblebee Man's telenovella says a goodbye in Spanish, and in it's final word, thanks "El Frijoles Goya". And a giant can of beans comes out and takes a bow. In Futurama, Leela gets sponsored by a bean company, with the slogan "they're the beaniest!" and later does a mexican version, but as Spanish has no word for "Beaniest", the actual Spanish translation is "the beans of kings!" So yeah. Beans, huh. Wacky.

Music Notes

Dread Zeppelin - "Misty Mountain Hop", from "5,000,000-" & "LA Woman" from "Hot & Spicy Beanburger"

Need to spice up your day? Feel like a Led Zeppelin cover band made up of reggae musicians fronted by a 300-lb Elvis Presley impersonator named Tortelvis? No? Well, here's Dread Zeppelin anyway. These guys have always been a whole lot of fun (another recommendation from David, as discussed in a previous entry), and despite line-up changes, style changes, and the fact they play less and less Zeppelin stuff, they remain a great thing. And how does Led Zeppelin themselves feel? Page hates them, Plant loves them, the rest are undecided.


Punny-Named Spanish Rice:
Serves 4-6 as a side



  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 a red capsicum
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 1 cup supermarket salsa, hot as you like (nothing too fancy, delicate flavours don't do well in this dish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoonground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional: 1 dried cascobel chilli & fresh coriander to serve



  1. Dice the onion & capsicum & finely slice the garlic.
  2. Get a non-stick pan with a lid on medium heat & cook the veg for 5 minutes or so.
  3. Throw in everything else along with 2 1/3 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover with a lid or nearby plate, turn down the heat to medium-low and give it 25 minutes.
  5. When done, mix up the rice with a fork, seize & consume!


Los Frijoles Del Reyes
"The beans of kings!"



  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped capsicum
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 400g tin black beans
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or cider vinegar



  1. Cook the chopped veg & garlic with a little oil in a pan on medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add everything else, turn up the heat & get it boiling.
  3. Reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Serve with other things, seize & consume!