As I tried hard to think of an inoffensive way to answer that question I started hearing shllllllllrt THUMP shlllllrt THUMP shllllllrt THUMP. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my theatrical baby with the skinned knees -- who was somehow miraculously only clad in his underpants now -- on his bum dragging himself along the floor shlllllrt with his feet THUMP. He pulled himself into the bathroom, left the door wide open, stood up and relieved himself while watching the not-a-salesman. He then sat back on the floor and dragged himself back to the den.
There was no joy in not-a-salesmanville that night. The part of me that is a decent and caring human being felt bad that he spent that much time with nothing much to show for it. But perhaps just this once, I was secretly glad the boys pulled out all the stops.
Serve the soup below the day before an in-home sales visit. It just might help...
Super Quick Black Bean Soup
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil (or 6 slices bacon)
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 or 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 1-lb.cans black beans, drained and rinsed or 6 c. cooked black beans, from dry
Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon (or 2 T. bottled lime juice)
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. dried oregano
2 T. finely chopped parsley or cilantro
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 c. water
Optional toppings: Green onions, thinly sliced, sour cream or plain yogurt.
Heat the oil in a large soup pot. (Or thinly slice the strips of bacon, fry until crispy in the bottom of your soup pot and remove crisped bacon to a paper towel to use as garnish for the finished soup. Leave the bacon fat in the pan and proceed as follows.) Saute the onions over moderate heat until translucent, 3 or 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until the onion is lightly golden, another 3 or 4 minutes.