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Saturday, March 16, 2013

There's not much chance of a hike this weekend. The weather has warmed up a bit, we now have a magnificent 8C (46.5F) but of course it's also got wetter. So I'm doing housework and advance cooking.

I've recently developed (much to the dismay of the cats) a bit of a thing about beans and lentils. An interesting point about beans is nearly all the beans we eat these days are new world beans, indigenous to the Americas. In Europe, the only indigenous bean was broad beans which you call fava beans in the States. They were a staple food and quite right cos they are yummy. Now they are a bit of a luxury veg.

Anyway, a few weeks ago in one of these SparkFits of enthusiasm for eating healthily and saving money that I'm sure you are all familiar with, I soaked and cooked an entire kilo (2.2lbs) of haricot beans. I started to realise there was a problem when I had to transfer the ever-expanding beans into my jam pan during the boiling process, this being the only thing apart from my bathtub big enough to restrain them.

Then, when they were cooked, what to do with them? Curried beans, I decided, throwing onions carrots garlic tomato puree the kitchen sink and celery into the pan, together with a couple of tablespoons of biryani spice mix and for reasons I can no longer explain because it was definitely of the moment, extra and far too much cinnamon.

Once it was cooked and cooled, I looked at the resulting concoction with reservation. There was enough for about eight very generous portions, and I've never felt very optimistic about beans. So I doled it out into cartons, shoved it in the freezer and said to myself I would eat it in the week before payday when I was hungry enough and there was nothing else available anyway. The week before payday is the one where you find out exactly what you ARE capable of eating, if pushed. (The cats keep out of my way, the week before payday, they develop a hunted look although I have reassured them that while there is Whiskas in the cupboard they have nothing to fear from me.)

So anyhow, a week later I came home from work late, hungry and fed up and wanted something quick to eat. Out came a tub of bean curry, straight into the microwave (I am not a fan of microwaves strictly speaking, but the blessed relief of being able to produce a hot meal in ten minutes is beyond measure when you've been at work all day and your stomach thinks your throat's cut).

I tipped the steaming mess on to a plate and prodded it cautiously with a fork. It didn't bite back so I took a forkful and tasted it.

Well, it was delicious although the cinnamon overtones were a bit pronounced. I've been eating the rest all month and there's just one portion still lurking in the freezer. So beans are on today's shopping list and I'll be boiling up tomorrow.

Since I'm single, there's nobody around to object if the duvet occasionally levitates a bit.

PS: Haricot beans are the ones in Heinz Baked Beanz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba
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CATNCAG 12/26/2013 3:25PM

    I have eaten more beans , lentils, chic peas, etc in the last 2 years than I've eaten in my entire life! Needless to say I have tried several additives to mine & in different variations but I must say that using cinnamon has never crossed my mind! U can bet next time I make a pot I will add this SPECIAL SECRET INGREDIENT! U have peaked my curiosity & of course I'm always interested in trying new things... Most of the time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/14/2013 3:49PM

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NASFKAB 5/15/2013 10:23AM

  funny live alone so levitating duvet does not matter enjoy your bogs

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WALKINGCHICK 5/5/2013 3:15PM

    Yet another blog that has had me in stitches! I'm almost persuaded to get into beans myself, but I'm married and I don't need to add to the duvet levitating problem in our house!
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DIANA3BANANA 4/24/2013 11:44AM

    I love beans and eat them every week! Thanks for sharing ! emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 3/25/2013 11:00AM

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EOWYNRUSS 3/24/2013 12:18AM

    I am going to have to try curried beans. In my local Wal-Mart, there is a 15 bean soup mix, (you can get the ham & bean spices version, or the cajun spices version) which is perfect for slow cookers. I start with chicken or ham broth, toss in the beans, cook overnight, then throw in the spice packet, then throw in either ham, chicken, or turkey meat. A few of the beans disintegrate, making the broth more like a thin gravy. The end result is like a hearty stew. We eat it for dinner, then save a bowl for lunch the next day, then freeze the rest in one cup packages. We get between 10 and 15 total servings. Dee-lish!

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BARBARAJ73 3/23/2013 1:17PM

    Not only does your blog make me emoticon ...
I actually learn something new too! Bravo!!

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LAURIETAIT 3/22/2013 3:59PM

    I love beans too, despite of the duvet levitation thing .

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PANIK257 3/21/2013 12:40AM

    Beans are one of my favorites too. So easy, cheap, filling and convenient.

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SHELL_G 3/20/2013 12:09PM

    Love your blogs - your sense of humor is fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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JGMARIE80 3/20/2013 12:07PM

  You made me laugh. Thank you. emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 3/20/2013 12:57AM

    Such a way with words - a mixture of humor, wit and wisdom! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/19/2013 6:16PM

    Oh awesome! I live in New Mexico in the United States and in my area pinto beans are a huge staple. we have a lot of Mexican influence on our cuisine around here. I love them. I also visited a friend today who is vegetarian and made these awesome brownies with white beans! You wouldn't know they were beans because they were so good but so much more healthy than regular old fattening brownies. Beans of different kinds can be good different ways. I love pinto beans with red or green chile, which is grown around here.

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WRKNOUT4MYKIDZ 3/19/2013 4:23PM

  I love this lentils are my favorite but id like to try these too

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GAILRUU 3/19/2013 1:35PM

    Funny! emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 3/19/2013 1:07PM

    I love it. Thanks for sharing, your blogs are always the best.


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KALEWINE 3/19/2013 11:48AM

    I love reading your stories!

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LIFETIMER54 3/19/2013 11:33AM

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MOMOSG 3/19/2013 9:56AM

    Our family eats beans regularly. Most of us enjoy them, my son however, is the taking the longest to come around to the idea that beans can actually be an enjoyable meal.

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CLAUDEM1 3/19/2013 7:32AM

    Ha, ha, ha. Great blog! I especially like the duvet levitating bit. I'm very visual, so the picture in my mind made me laugh. Good for you!

Claude

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NSPIXIE 3/19/2013 7:22AM

    I've never thought of trying curried beans. I've made baked beans (the kind with brown sugar and molasses - probably not the best for weight loss) and chili with tons of beans. i may have to try this the next time I'm in a bean making mood.

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FISHER011 3/19/2013 2:31AM

    Thanks for sharing! I love beans!

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DARLENEW58 3/18/2013 10:20PM

  Awesome blog! just finished eating navy bean soup the way my mom made it ,with ham! Yum!

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TRACYLYNN853 3/18/2013 8:28PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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MONTREAL12 3/18/2013 7:52PM

  Beans, good for your heart; the more you eat; the more you........beans. beans. good for you! emoticon

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DMSGLASS 3/18/2013 6:35PM

    We eat a lot of beans and lentils. Lentils are quick to cook and are so good for you. I have several different recipes that I use them in.

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MADZI88 3/18/2013 5:46PM

    I, too, appreciate beans, especially black and lima beans. You just gave me my inspiration for tomorrow's lunch--and for the lunches for the remainder of Lent. Glad they featured this blog today!

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PORRIMA 3/18/2013 5:39PM

  Hahaha! Love the images this brought to mine!

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PEETBRIT 3/18/2013 5:15PM

  Love beans and lentils!

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CJYOUCANDOIT 3/18/2013 3:32PM

    Thank you for the emoticon blog. You really have a way with words and humor. Thanks also for the reminder about how beans are an important staple in our diets. They really help boost the fiber too.

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BRITTTURTLE 3/18/2013 2:38PM

  YUM

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KAYLOU6 3/18/2013 2:37PM

    This reminds me...I need to make a pot of white chili, emoticon I once loss a substantial amount of weight eating this and it freezes well!



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DUSTYPRAIRIE 3/18/2013 2:22PM

    Beans are so filling. Not to mention, ugh, cheap. Good on you!

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BKNOCK 3/18/2013 2:17PM

    Ha Ha I would love to see the expression on the cats face!

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PAL2010 3/18/2013 1:44PM

    Yummy! I eat beans a lot since I follow a veg diet.

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FIRECOM 3/18/2013 1:41PM

    You have a wonderful writing style and skill.

Beans are a often used staple in our house. Beans of every kind. Lots of calories and fiber.

Well done, as usual.

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VBA2009 3/18/2013 1:29PM

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SCRAPBECCA 3/18/2013 1:27PM

    Sounds yummy, thanks for sharing this!

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KAB7801 3/18/2013 1:22PM

    Hmm, I'll have to try them.

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MBEHNKEN 3/18/2013 12:23PM

    Very nice!

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PATTISTAMPS 3/18/2013 12:05PM

    Your sense of humor is so much fun!!! Love to read your blogs!

And I bet your beans have nothing on the St. Patrick's Day cabbage... I'm just sayin'....

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 3/18/2013 11:41AM

    Great post....

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JILLO137 3/18/2013 9:49AM

    hahaha! Nice blog!!

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CHERRY666 3/18/2013 9:45AM

    LOL! Nice post.

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MARYDSAN 3/18/2013 9:39AM

    I eat beans quite a bit since I am following the slow carb plan. I so enjoy your writing! (How many authors can write an entertaining piece about beans?)

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MARYDSAN 3/18/2013 9:39AM

    I eat beans quite a bit since I am following the slow carb plan. I so enjoy your writing! (How many authors can write an entertaining piece about beans?)

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