"There's enough beans for four men," George said.
Lennie watched him from over the fire. He said patiently, "I like 'em with ketchup."
"Well, we ain't got any," George exploded. "Whatever we ain't got, that's what you want. God a'mighty."
Of Mice and Men is my favorite book of all time. I've read it about ten times, and I've visited a lot of the places in that book. One of the lines from that book that's burned into my head is when Lennie says, "I like beans with ketchup." I don't know why I've never thought of doing this before, because I love ketchup. Maybe it's because I don't really cook.
But last night I forgot to eat until it was too late. I called the pizza place and it was already closed. I thought about driving to McDonald's but I was too lazy. I looked in my fridge and it was empty. In a last-ditch effort before I starved to death, I looked through the cupboard and saw them, the beans. I looked in my fridge again, saw the ketchup, and viola!
So, I recreated the scene from Of Mice and Men as faithfully as I could remember. I put way too much ketchup on those beans, though. The beans were pretty flavorful even without ketchup.
Recipe from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, makes one plate.
1 can of Great Value brand Pork and Beans with Tomato Sauce
40 ounces of Heinz Ketchup
As an optional step, put the can by a fire for about thirty minutes. Using a stick, remove can from proximity of fire. If fire is unavailable, either skip this step or use alternate heating method.
Open can with a knife. If plate is available, pour contents onto plate. Liberally squeeze ketchup onto side of beans. Take care to not mix the ketchup with the beans at this point, as ketchup can be overpowering to the natural flavoring of the beans, and everyone likes their beans overwhelmed in a different method.
If spoon is available, eat beans with spoon. If no spoon is available, wait until no one is watching before you start eating.
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