TO PREPARE: Soak bean mix in water to cover, 8 hours or overnight. In a large soup pot, bring 2 litres water and ham bone to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Remove ham hock. Stir in soaked beans, salt, pepper, tomatoes, chilli powder, onion and garlic. Bring to the boil again, skimming foam off the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer about 1 hour, until beans are tender.
Good basic recipe. I boiled the beans in 2 litres of chicken stock for just under an hour. Then I added the tomatoes, onion, garlic, 6 chicken sausages (didn't have/want a ham), cumin, dried chilli flakes and steak seasoning and simmered for 30 minutes. Definitely something to consider for holiday giving. But I will add extra seasoning to the gift package (separated from the beans of course since you have to soak them). - 29 Sep 2008