While the beans were cooking I diced pepper.
And cooked them in oil. The recipe only called for small amounts of each--1/4 green pepper. 3 garlic cloves, 1 shallot, 1/2 onion.
Then I added tomato paste. It called for one tablespoon, but I added two.
This was supposed to be added to the beans, and simmered for 30 minutes or until the liquid thickened. I had no liquid again, so I added more water. And thyme and the tomato paste stuff. When it was done cooking and we tested it, it tasted just like plain beans! So I added salt and pepper, and more pepper, and even some garlic pepper, but no matter what I did, the beans were bland and boring. Since I have lots of the ingredients left, I'm going to try it again today doubling the amount of pepper, onion, shallot and garlic. But I don't have high hopes. Any suggestions?