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Pukeabeans or Pooka Beans

Re: I hope you can help me...
From: Wayne
Date: 2/22/2022, 5:24 AM

On 2/21/2022 4:52 PM, Wayne wrote:

I’m trying to find an old recipe from “National Geographic” for a dish 
called “Pukeabeans.” I’m not to sure if I got the spelling correct. 
Any help would be greatly welcomed.

Thank you & GOD BLESS! 

Hello Wayne,

I cannot find anything called "pukeabeans."  I found a couple of mentions of a dish called "pooka beans", and a photo, but no recipe.

If you can provide some background information, perhaps I can search some more:

Did you ever actually have this recipe?

If you had a copy of a "National Geographic" with this recipe, what was the article about that contained the recipe?

If you had the recipe, but not the magazine, where did you get the recipe?

If you never actually had the recipe, where did you hear of the recipe?

Anything else you can tell me about the recipe might be the key to finding it.


Re: I hope you can help me...
From: Wayne 
Date: 2/22/2022, 8:46 AM

No, i've never had this recipe but an elderly lady from my "newsgroup" 
was asking about it. I was being "christianlike" and trying to help her. 
thank you & god bless you! 
Subject: RE: I hope you can help me...
From: Jo
Date: 2/22/2022, 9:10 AM

I remember it called for brown sugar and lipton onion soup mix.  
I used to make it all the time.    
lol  i think i used burger too.

Hello Wayne & Hello Jo,

Below are some similar recipes.


Baked Beans
1 lb. ground beef, browned & drained
3/4 lb. bacon, fried crisp, drained & crumbled
1 lb. (12 oz.) can pork & beans
2 (15 oz.) cans Great Northern beans
1 env. Lipton dry onion soup mix
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. barbecue sauce

Mix together and bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.
Baked Beans
1 lg. can pork & beans (32 oz.)
1/2 c. molasses
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 env. dry onion soup mix
2 to 3 strips of bacon

Mix first 4 ingredients together; place in baking dish.
Lay bacon strips on top of beans.
Bake about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Baked Beans
1 (16 oz.) can pork & beans
1 (15 1/2 oz.) can kidney beans
1 c. ketchup
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 lb. ground beef

Mix together and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Thank you so much. These are very familiar to the one I use to make.  
I appreciate your effort.  
Thank you for all of your time & effort in this matter. 
God bless, wayne.

I really did find a photo of a dish called "Pooka Beans," and the photo actually looked like Jo's description of the bean dish that she had. Problem was, it was on Pinterest - Pooka Beans - and as is sometimes the case on that site, the recipe was not there, and there was no link there to a recipe for the beans. Text accompanying the photo indicated that it was posted by, or saved by, "The Seventh Day Baptist Women's Society of USA & Canada" and saved to "Fellowship Meal." There was also a note that the recipe was "Pooka Beans (SCSC Cookbook p 64)." "Aha!" I thought, "Maybe I can find that cookbook."
The Society has a Facebook page here: "The Seventh Day Baptist Women's Society of USA & Canada"

The only cookbook that I could find called "The SCSC Cookbook", was published by "The Sid City Social Club." So what is the "Sid City Social Club?" Well, it appears to have nothing to do with "The Seventh Day Baptist Women's Society of USA & Canada." Best I can tell, it's a fan club for an actor, originally from Sudan, named Alexander Siddig (aka Sid). He was on several TV programs, including "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" (He played "Bahir"), Fox's "Gotham" (He played "Ra’s al Ghul"), he was also on "Peaky Blunders", and he is currently filming "Shantaram," an Apple TV+ series based on the novel by Gregory David Roberts. His fan club's website is: "Sid City Social Club." The club does publish a cookbook called "Sid City Social Club Cookbook." Problem is, there is no recipe for "Pooka Beans" in that cookbook, not on page 64 or any other page. You can download it here: "Sid City Social Club Cookbook."

Other than on that Pinterest page, I could not find any connection between "The Seventh Day Baptist Women's Society of USA & Canada." and "Pooka Beans" or an "SCSC Cookbook" or "The Sid City Social Club."

I ended up sending Jo some baked beans recipes that were similar to her description. Directly connecting with the Society to ask about a recipe connected with the "Pooka Bean" image that they posted on Pinterest is outside the realm of this site, but if anyone wants to do so, please be my guest. Let me know what you find out.

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