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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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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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MITCHARVEY 3/18/2013 9:25AM

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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/18/2013 9:23AM

    LOL!

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ILOVEROSES 3/18/2013 8:30AM

    Very funny blog! emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/18/2013 7:57AM

    Love the levitating duvet moment!!

Thanks for the laughs, but, more importantly, thanks for reminding us we can sometimes be surprised by how good healthy food can taste.

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-DAVE- 3/18/2013 7:55AM

    Funny duvet reference...

Keep it up!



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1DRWOMAN 3/18/2013 6:36AM

    Damn you're freaking funny! Love it :) toots away!

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BLUEJEAN99 3/18/2013 1:59AM

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KACEYSW 3/18/2013 12:41AM

    Lentil curry is amazing! You might also like white beans chili with onions and Major Grey's chutney!

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JAMER123 3/17/2013 11:48PM

    Great post!! Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JERICHO1991 3/17/2013 11:09PM

    Love those beans.

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CHERYLSBUTT 3/17/2013 10:32PM

    I love beans!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 3/17/2013 10:23PM

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WINNIE-POOH 3/17/2013 10:06PM

    Sounds yummy emoticon

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CICELY360 3/17/2013 10:03PM

  good blog

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 3/17/2013 7:46PM

    too Funny!!

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TPETRIE 3/17/2013 7:11PM

  Sounds good. emoticon

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JOYFULSONG45 3/17/2013 6:59PM

    I grew up eating beans. It is a favorite staple in the American South. I loved your blog.

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GINGERVISTA 3/17/2013 6:52PM

    Being pescatarian.....eating vegetarian with only a little fish/seafood, I LOVE beans & lentils! SparkPeople has some wonderful recipes & am looking forward to making a curry with garbanzo beans. YUM! emoticon
I always enjoy your blogs.....keep 'em comin'! emoticon

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MARIONJEANA 3/17/2013 6:36PM

    Must try this recipe, sounds delicious!

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SUGAR0814 3/17/2013 5:45PM

    Beans are good for the heart!! I can't wait to make some in my crockpot.

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ALIHIKES 3/17/2013 5:26PM

    I LOVE beans, great blog! Next time I'm making curry

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/17/2013 5:12PM

  That sounds good to me. emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/17/2013 4:54PM

    Thank you Chantal! You always paint such a good work picture! LOL

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ROBB1N 3/17/2013 4:29PM

    I love cooking up a big batch of something and then saving it for the future. Good job!

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HLOCHRIDGE 3/17/2013 3:58PM

    Sounds good!

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JANETRIS 3/17/2013 3:57PM

    I love beans, but am not happy about how they talk back...LOL!!

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HWNHMMBRD 3/17/2013 3:51PM

    I never thought to fix beans as a curry. I think I will try that.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 3/17/2013 3:34PM

    I too am going to experiment more with beans next month when I get groceries. I love black eyed peas over a piece of cornbread with about a tablespoon of vinegar.
Yum....

"Hands across spark people...season of hope."

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BARBARASDIET 3/17/2013 3:05PM

    I discovered a recipe for vegetarian chili last month and it is now a staple for me. The microwave is great for those quick lunches or dinners.

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SJKENT1 3/17/2013 2:43PM

    Curried beans - great idea. I think my husband would love it. Have to try you other spices too

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ELECTRALYTE 3/17/2013 2:34PM

    Great blog! I never even thought of curried beans! I'll have to try that.

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JOANNHUNT 3/17/2013 2:22PM

    Too funny

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MJ7DM33 3/17/2013 2:16PM

  Good blog!

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EABL81 3/17/2013 1:50PM

    I've been eating bean this past week, too. I made mine with smoked turkey sausage, carrots, corn, and brown rice. No cinnamon, though, just some cumin and hot sauce. Yummy!

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JUDYAASH 3/17/2013 1:27PM

    This is too funny. I was raised in the northeastern U.S. spent some time in Florida, transplanted to Los Angeles and now Texas, with a few stops in between so I know my beans. I always enjoyed them but have trouble remembering which ones to soak. During the rough patches when I was raising my kids I often turned to beans to fill them up with food that was good for them. Now neither my kids or my grandkids (raised 9 of them) eat beans. Don't forget split peas and lentils. Both are really good especially the split peas with a tablespoon of low fat bleu cheese dressing. emoticon emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 3/17/2013 1:20PM

    I love beans too. I like to do them with stock, hot chilli and chorizo. They come out SO creamy and amazing.

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