Split Pea Rarebit

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5 portions

1/2 cup split peas (or other small bean), 
cooked just tender
1 small onion, chopprd
and sauteed in oil
1 receipe cheese sauce (below)
1 1/2 cups raw brown rice, cooked


Stir the cooked peas, sauteed onions, and cheese sauce (below) together. You
may add 1/2 cup beer to make a more authentic rarebit, if you wish.

Serve the rarebit over the cooked rice. Traditionally, rarebit is served over
toast, but rice here increases the protein, by being complemented by the cheese.

Cheese Sauce:

1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp tomato paste
dash of nutmeg
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
pinch of dried chili peppers
1 cup grated chedar cheese

Heat the oil and stir in the whole wheat flour.  Cook for about 2 minutes
over a low flame.  Stir in the water and simmer until the mixture is
thick, adding the salt, tomato paste, nutmeg, dry mustard, worcestershire
sauce, and chili peppers.  Gradually add the grated cheese and stir until
it is melted. It is ready to mix with the split and onions.