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I met and marriage my wife over 7 years ago and life has never been better for both of us. My favorite meal that she learned from her mother is her Beans on Rice recipe. The big secret that makes it taste so good is the coconut milk that she adds right at the end. Yum, so good, I always go back for seconds!
Beans Around The World.
When I was a teenager, my best friend's father flew to Brazil and returned with a Brazilian good luck charm for my charm bracelet. Since that time, I have enjoyed making and eating Brazilian black beans. And I have been fascinated with certain similar shapes that appear in Brazilian imagery, both natural and man-made. I hope you agree!
This vision of sweet, soft green loveliness comes from reading one of my absolute favourite all time American cookbooks: The Taste of Country Cooking, by the prolific Edna Lewis. What strikes me again and again when I leaf through the evocative gustatory scenes and recipes described in this book is the incredible ability of Ms. Lewis to not only provide the reader a recipe, but a vivid depiction of the seasons of life and food and community in Freetown, Virginia (founded after the Civil War by freed slaves, including her grandfather). If you haven’t read or tried the recipes from this incredible cookbook in the Virginia region of the American south, I strongly encourage you to get your hands on this as soon as possible. It is full of the most beautiful prose and recipes. A masterpiece. I understand the importance of beans (including the baby Lima!) to the history of food and diaspora in American, and Canadian history. We owe a lot to these wonderfully filling protein bundles, from filling our tummies whether in refried, smothered, baked, buttered, raw, creamed, in brownies, in cakes, in muffins.....and in other ways as the weight in our prebaked pie crusted to the subject of many elementary science or counting activities.....the list goes on.....! This recipe is just one part of the amazing Christmas Dinner section of my copy of The Taste of Country Cooking on page 217. Try it today! My god, Lima beans are taken to a whole new, rich and heavenly place. Delicious.
On stay-at-home Saturdays I enjoy making a pot of pinto beans to use for quick-meals over the coming week; tacos, burritos, soups and bean-grain bowls. I find it magical that from one pot of beans such a variety of good meals can come! This illustration shows the way to my reliable pot of gold.
Channa is a traditional Guyanese dish using the humble and familiar chick pea or garbanzo bean. This dish hails from the Indian influence in the Guyanese culture and was a recipe passed from my great grandmother, to my grandmother and then from my mother to me. We always say, if you're going to eat channa, make sure everyone else in the room is as well. That way you can to ensure you're not the only one experiencing it's pleasurable flavour and also its familiar legume side effect - bad gas!
I absolutely love Mexican food and these stuffed peppers are to die for. A healthier option that can actually be adapted to your own taste – the peppers can really be stuffed with anything!
In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, cumin and coriander and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened. Add in the meat, then the rest of the ingredients, stirring until cooked. Then stuff the peppers with the contents of the pan, sprinkle the cheese on top and put it in the oven for about 45 mins at 180c.
This one's a heritage recipe-passed down from one generation to the next. Its 100% vegan and has no onions and garlic too, making it a perfect offering to Lord Ganesha during festivals and special occasions. It uses seasonal veggies making it even more wholesome and nutritious!
I grew up eating lots of delicious Korean food in Los Angeles so of course I love kimchi. I've been making it at home for years, mostly since I lived in Europe and couldn't find it readymade in the shops. This is the recipe I "follow" but to be honest I'm not much of a measurer! Traditional recipes vary a lot, but usually they add rice flour. I always forget to buy it so I never use it! Vegetarians and vegans can leave out fish sauce and add extra salt. I use this recipe for other veggies like green onions and root vegetables too. Enjoy!
Visiting a beach in Mumbai as kid was incomplete without chana chaat, a tangy chickpea salad. Easy enough to recreate at home, this quick recipe works wonderfully as a starter. If you don't have chaat masala in your kitchen pantry, substitute with paprika.