Fancy Pork & Beans

By Fiesta Farms

/Mar 5 2023

We are currently living in that crazy end of winter, dying for spring period. It’s a time of limbo, of waiting for the first ramps and knowing they are still quite far off. A time of watching the buds poke out only to be covered in snow. It’s a strange time. And the best way to cope is to make some new recipes.


beware of false spring, it’s still winter until March 19th.


This recipe comes to us from Colu Henry, the current it girl of the home cooking with panache sector. Allison Roman is out, Colu Henry is in. And we are here for it.

No need for drama, just bring on the delicious comfort food recipes.

“Of all the things I can cook, there is truly nothing I enjoy more than slow-roasting a pork shoulder. I mean that. I do it often during the fall and winter months, usually on a Saturday or Sunday when I can stay home all day and read and write while it cooks. It also makes the house smell very good. My other favorite thing to make on days such as these is a pot of beans. Both take patience, but little else in terms of handson time, and the payoff is immeasurable. Let’s be honest, there isn’t anything better than fancy pork and beans.” – Colu



Have you bought her cookbook yet? It’s actually the perfect cookbook for this strange limbo time.

Herewith is her very simple and slow roasted pork. Swoon.

Fennel-Rubbed Roast Pork Shoulder

1 tablespoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 skin-on, boneless pork shoulder (3 to 4 pounds/1.4 to 1.8 kg)
3 to 4 teaspoons kosher salt (1 teaspoon per pound of meat)
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup (59 ml) chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water
read the rest of the recipe here, or buy a copy of Colu Cooks Easy Fancy Food here

But what about the beans you may ask! And rightly so.

Colu alludes to a bean recipe, but it’s not online. We wanted something that could cook up easy with no prep. Pop open a can of white beans and try this incredible creation from Bon Appetit. Spiced Creamy White Beans with Greens – garam masala, cumin and mustard all make for a vibrant side dish to go with that meltingly tender slow roasted pork.

There you have it; Fancy Pork & Beans. Happy cooking!