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This is a raw and vegan recipe our family loves. Since we are not using dairy products, we have to invent new recipes for our new lifestyle. This is one, that is really great if you are longing for some chocolate, if it is cold outside and you want to hide beside the oven with a warm cup of cocoa, that still is raw food.
Adzuki bean in Japan and their Stories!
Nerikiri is an edible art. They are traditional Japanese sweets that are mochi on the outside, and adzuki bean paste on the inside. They are beautifully molded into flowers, fruits and birds of the season. It used to be a luxury confectionery for the Japanese Nobility in the Edo Era. Nowadays, they are often served together with green tea in Japanese tea ceremony.
Sekihan literary means “red rice” in Japanese because the rice is red from cooking with adzuki beans. It is a traditional dish served during New Years, birthdays, and weddings. The red color represents good luck, good health and happy life.
Oshiruko is a sweet adzuki paste soup with mochi. It is loved by many Japanese, especially during the winter. It is believed to have mysterious power to fight evil spirits!!
Taiyaki a fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet adzuki bean paste. Why Tai fish? The original taiyaki iron mold was round. Back in Meiji Era, Tai (sea bream) was considered a very expensive fish and only eaten for special celebrations. They decided to change the snack from its circular shape to the sea bream shape to make it more special, and became a huge hit!
As a vegetarian, beans are a major part of my diet. When I got a dutch oven as a gift last year, I looked for different ways to use it. Discovering that I could cook dried beans in the oven without pre-soaking was a revelation! They're so much tastier than canned, and it's so easy. Beans rule!
Since I can remember, my family has enjoyed black eyed peas and other savory side dishes on New Year's Day to symbolize the good luck and fortune we want to invite into our new year. This illustration depicts our recipe (with a few modern updates) and shows a family enjoying the tradition. As I was finalizing this illustration I found some old stationery my late mother had written some recipes on. It was such a treat to be able to include it in this drawing about family traditions.
Beans are so healthy and yet so underrated. They are high in fiber and score low on the glycemic index, which regulates the blood sugar. Beans are also a great source of protein and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. It’s recommended to eat 3 cups of beans per week.
BEANS AROUND THE WORLD Contest Challenge
Category: "It’s BEAN in the Family for Generations"
This is my family recipe for a healthy and nutritious version of the classic Nutella. We loooooove it!
Red beans water can help eliminate body edema and firming body shape and lose weight
Black beans contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin, this antioxidant improves blood pressure, blood flow and prevents the loss of collagen in the body
Both are good for womens drink everyday
Beans are such a versatile ingredient! Cook soup, snack, main dish or a dessert, switch between the cuisines, mix them up! The possibilities of bean dishes are endless and there is just a tiny part of the amazing things you can cook from them, all belonging to different cultures, all using different beans, all different courses, but all so amazingly tasty!