black beans and ham bone in 3 quarts of water overnight in the refrigerator.
Transfer beans and liquid to large kettle of Dutch oven. Add salt pork
or bacon, garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Bring black beans to a boil, reduce
heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Add chopped onions and diced carrot; simmer
1 hour longer. Remove and discard bay leaf and ham bone. In small batches,
process or blend black bean soup mixture until smooth. Return to pot;
heat. Add salt and pepper and a little sherry to black bean soup to
taste. Serve black bean soup garnished with lemon and egg slices.
Makes 2 quarts of black bean soup.