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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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GRIZ1GIRL 3/17/2013 1:02PM

    Beans are delightful! Thanks!

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THOMS1 3/17/2013 12:53PM

    Very good blog. I like beans also and shift the blame to my sister or husband whichever one is closer. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 3/17/2013 12:47PM

  My Great- Grandfather brought his Mom's favorite Bean Soup recipe over when he came here from Germany. He used to make it in a huge pot and it was SO DELICIOUS!!!!! My Dad got the recipe from him and made quite a good replica, but not quite the same (I don't think that Great-Grandpa shared ALL of the ingredients). I have ALWAYS loved Bean Soup, but it DOES NOT love me emoticon so I eat it sparingly. When I do eat it, I sit very near out Australian Terrier who is known as the Gas Machine at our house and is easy to blame.
Happy St. Patrick's Day. emoticon

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SENIMMO 3/17/2013 12:38PM

    I love my beans/bean soup. I have 2 male dogs, teen son, and truck driver husband who is rarely home, but they are all good candidates for blame when "gas happens" emoticon One trick I learned from my Grandma was to put a little baking soda in the water (soaking or cooking, works either way) and it seems to make the beans less "musical"?

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GARDENCHRIS 3/17/2013 11:59AM

    Navy beans! They also make a very delicious soup! It is still to this day served in out United States Senate cafeteria..... here is a link!

http://www.senate.gov/refer
ence/reference_item/bean_soup.htm

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ANGIEN9 3/17/2013 11:53AM

    I have beans when I want a meatless beans and still need protein. I like most kinds, but haven't had much luck with boiling dry beans. I usually buy them canned and rinse off the salt. Or if I can find lower sodium beans, I buy them! Glad your curry beans tasted okay!! Have a great day! Angie

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 3/17/2013 11:35AM

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MINEA999 3/17/2013 11:21AM

    I'm single too and sometimes like to experiment - I figure the advantage in that particular case is that if it's awful, no one has to know. But I'm glad your beans turned out well!

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CLAYARTIST 3/17/2013 11:19AM

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MARITIMER3 3/17/2013 11:18AM

    I've converted my husband from canned beans to my home-cooked ones. Not much luck with lentils yet, but if I put them in a soup he sometimes doesn't see them. I think beans are delicious!
Gail

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 3/17/2013 11:02AM

    My wife used to hate all beans. Now we eat them quite often!

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WRITERWANNAB 3/17/2013 11:00AM

    I love garbanzo beans (or chickpeas), too, & often put a few in salads. I often fix pinto beans with lots of onion & pepper & a bit of sausage in my crock pot. (Same levitation problem, but I, too, am single!) I sometimes have a side of brown rice with them. A pot of beans makes many a meal for me.

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EMLG11 3/17/2013 11:00AM

    Thanks for the chuckle! I love reading your posts.

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JUNETTA2002 3/17/2013 10:57AM

    Sounds like you have a handle on the bean thing. We cook them and eat them once then they set in the fridge and get thrown away. Maybe if we add something special they might not go in the trash.
Thanks for your hints.

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JANIS43 3/17/2013 10:44AM

  I like beans and I haven't made bean soup in a long time. One of my favorite bean recipe is to use beans in chili.

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NCSUE0514 3/17/2013 10:33AM

    Sometimes when we go out to dinner, I order pinto beans, cabbage, okra, and turnip greens. My husband knows full well he's in the doghouse then.

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JANEMARIE77 3/17/2013 10:31AM

    love the beans funny blog thanks

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WATCHINW8 3/17/2013 10:29AM

    Thanks, that was a fun read. emoticon

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BESCATS 3/17/2013 10:28AM

    You are just to funny. emoticon I don't think to use beans as often as I should. I'm lazy so mine come out of a can. emoticon
Nothing wrong with a little levitation. Of course if you're out, you'll need to blame someone else. emoticon

Happy St. Paddy's Day emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 3/17/2013 10:14AM

    Beans!! A whole blog on beans!! I'm in awe of your writing skills!!

Thanks for the good info and Happy St. Patricks's Day!! emoticon

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CATE195 3/17/2013 10:08AM

    I've also been trying to incorporate beans into my diet. I like them, but I am still learning how to soak and cook them to the consistency that I like. Black beans are my favorite.

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CARPROTH 3/17/2013 10:06AM

    I have a little (10 lb) dog that used to feel the same as your cat about legumes. Recently he has decided that anything with tomato sauce is perfectly edible, and will 'share' any dish I make that way - fave seems to be garbanzos.
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GLORIAMAJDI 3/17/2013 9:54AM

    I love beans too, but my husband and my cats, not so much. So I sneak them in hear and there! But I haven't make enough to fill the tub!

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DJSHIP46 3/17/2013 9:52AM

    Gotta love those beans... I was raised on them!

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INGMARIE 3/17/2013 9:49AM

    Thanks for sharing, I too love beans and lentils (my dear husband not so much)
so I make a batch of bean soup for me and then i cook meats for him.
I eat this at least once every week.
Ijust found a recipe for bean burgers i will try this week ,husband will be gone for meetings.

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CEEMAY 3/17/2013 9:40AM

    What a clever blog! Great humor. I love beans and it sounds like you had quite an adventure with them~

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NANCYTUNBERG64 3/17/2013 9:38AM

    Very humorous and Oh so true!!

I too love my beans and add them to soups, salads, with crackers, straight from the can. I also blame the dogs if there are any repercussions from eating all f the beans.

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CHRISTINECAN 3/17/2013 9:28AM

    Thanks for the laughs and the link to wikipedia on beans. Pre-soaking helps reduce beans' effects on digestion.

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SHANNONY84 3/17/2013 9:24AM

    I loved this. Thank you!

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LOGOULD 3/17/2013 9:12AM

    I've always loved beans and lentils - even more so now that I am making more curries. To tone down the cinnamon, try adding a little lite coconut milk. When I open a can, I use what I need of the coconut milk and then freeze the rest in ice cube trays. When frozen, I pop the cubes out and put them in a freezer bag for the next time I need a little.

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MISHKIN 3/17/2013 9:11AM

    I love my beans too! Unfortunately new DH hates them, hates ALL healthy food, so I haven't had any for 9 months. I decided I will just cook them (and lentils) for myself and freeze up 1 cup servings for myself. This way I am not really "cooking" 2 different meals (1 unhealthy meal for him, 1 healthy for me). I found so many awesome lentil recipes on sp, now I need to do a search for beans! I found that the beans with the highest fiber content available at my market are the "small red beans" coming in at 64% fiber!! The other varieties, kidney, black, great northern, chick were only 19-22%. I am looking forward to my healthy meals again!!!!

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TINY67 3/17/2013 9:08AM

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SHERYLP461 3/17/2013 8:52AM

    Love beans

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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/17/2013 8:44AM

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KELLIEBEAN 3/17/2013 8:41AM

    I laughed out loud when I read how the cats stay out of site the week before payday! I am always entertained by your blogs.

I'm trying to like beans. It's a slow process, not sure ill ever get there but I have eaten way more vegetable soup with beans and chili this winter, than I have my whole lifetime.



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LSIG14 3/17/2013 8:41AM

    Delightful blog! I do so enjoy your adventures, whether hiking or cooking. I love beans in many forms so may have to experiment with your concoction for a different taste. Keep on with the wonderful blogging!

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GRAMMAOFFIVE 3/17/2013 8:35AM

    Been giving lentils and rice a work out in my kitchen since the beginning of the month. I have dropped 7 lbs. doing this. YAY.
Loved your blog. You have such a great attitude.

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KNYAGENYA 3/17/2013 8:33AM

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VEGGIEDIVA 3/17/2013 8:32AM

  Enjoyed this blog! Beans are a wonder food....I find to reduce the toot, cooking with a piece of Kombu does the trick. It's seaweed and has good minerals and will add a silky texture to the broth.
Love my beans!

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PURPLELVR7 3/17/2013 8:22AM

    very interesting - thanks for sharing

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MOMMY445 3/17/2013 8:21AM

    i,too,love beans! happy st patrick's day!

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CNGMYBX 3/17/2013 8:18AM

  Great reminder of a lowcost and nutritious dish

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JIBBIE49 3/17/2013 8:07AM

    LUCK OF THE IRISH to you today!

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PENOWOK 3/17/2013 8:03AM

    Cool!! I never heard of the difference in the beans before. Beans are quite good for us...your concoction sounds very interesting!

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TRYINGHARD54 3/17/2013 7:46AM

    I like the great northern beans.. also, beans have alot of protein. yum yum...
great blog.. and funny...lol emoticon

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BESSHAILE 3/17/2013 7:43AM

    LOL - thanks for the chuckle and the bean info. Love me some beans.

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KBRADFORD88 3/17/2013 7:35AM

    FYI. If that happens again just cook up some garlic and onion and add to when you reheat or even some cumin. Love my beans!

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SANDYCRANE 3/17/2013 7:24AM

    Bean, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot.

Great blog.

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CFMOSS 3/17/2013 7:17AM

    i like working with beans and yes gas happens; sometimes i do the soak and ditch the water and then refresh the water although i'll tell you one of my favorite recipes is a black bean recipe and if i simply cook the beans without the soak and rinse adding a bay leaf and a vegan bullion type cube they turn out incredibly flavorful; i suppose i could get the same flavor if i let them soak and then did the cook which i do with other beans. You can laugh or roll your eyes - i had left over beans and since i'm only a once a week vegan i added sausage and carrots and they were differently yummy. Cheers.rs

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THEIS58 3/17/2013 7:10AM

    Funny

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