Although I’ve eaten some amazing meals using beans and grains, most notably prepared by Vegan Chef extraordinaire Karola at the Cowley Club, I’ve not yet personally mastered the art of cooking and preparing beans and grains from the dried. I want to change that.
The biggest problem for me has always been that need for PREparing. It’s easy to whip up a bean dish with a can of pre-cooked beans. But those cans are much more expensive than the dried beans(though of course you do have to consider the cost of energy consumed while cooking) and not all canned beans are equal! Some taste absolute rubbish!
Cooking from the dried food gives the consumer much more control over additives. Also, at a gut level (no pun intended, but let’s run with it!) I feel there’s something more wholesome and holistic about it.
In any case, yesterday I put soybeans and wheat grain to soak and this morning got up and put them on the stove and went in search of cooking instructions and ideas and stumbled on this excellent soybean preparation page on Just Hungry and this excellent Soybean Hummus recipe.
Haven’t tried either, and haven’t yet searched for a wheat grain recipe, though both pots are boiling away as I write.
Is this the second letter of the A-Z food challenge I wrote about just over a month ago? B is for Beans, so it could be. 4 out of the 9 posts* I’ve written since the A-Z Challenge have been about food, so perhaps I’m warming-up for that challenge? Was also thinking if I write one a week, it would take half a year. Easier with food than one a day! Ideas? Comments?
As I finish writing this, both the beans and the wheat grain are cooked. They are absolutely delicious just like that – straight from the pot, with nothing added. They would of course become very boring very quickly, or would they? This is pure food.
Question for grammarians: When the verb has more than one object, and the objects are both plural and singular – as in the above sentence – which is correct: the singular or plural form of the verb? What a silly question! of course, the verb relates to the subject not the object, yet I’m still mulling this one over because “There Have also been 1 about a cat…” just doesn’t sound correct. There is both singular and plural: There is a hat in the hallway. There are two hats in the hallway. There has been 1 about a cat. There have been 3 about poetry. Get the conundrum?
- No More Pyramid!!! (f33dyourhead.wordpress.com)
- Soybeans for the Garden (cattlebaroness.wordpress.com)
- Getting in the Grains (halfheartedhomemaker.wordpress.com)
- Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit… (southerncomforteats.com)
- Bean experiment gone awry…. (gicrockpot.wordpress.com)
- Stocking up on Grains and Legumes (Part 1), by Sky Watcher (survivalblog.com)
- Frijoles (Beans) – Recipe (stevishabitat.wordpress.com)
- Surviving as a Broke Vegan (goddamncleanhippies.wordpress.com)
- Pan-Fried Beans and Kale (greenlinglocal.wordpress.com)
- Beans and Rice (motorlessmotion.wordpress.com)
- Vegan Experiment Day 1 – Bean wraps with recipe (erolynbrendan.wordpress.com)
- Eddy De Jesus : Nicaragua (kiva.org)