Beans & Peas

  • Beans & Peas

    Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

    Roasted peas and beans, sometimes fried, are popular snack in Japan. But here in Melbourne where I live, I don’t see them. Nuts are popular, though. I wonder why Australian don’t eat roasted peas and beans. You can find my ‘Healthy Soy Bean Nibbles’ recipe on this website. This is another healthy and inexpensive recipe. …

  • Beans & Peas Beef Curry

    Curry Chilli Con Carne

    When I am too tired to think about dinner menu, I tend to cook some same easy dishes that I have been repeatedly cooking. ‘Chilli Con Carne’ is one of them. And Curry is another. This time, I combined those two dishes. I simply replaced the spices for Chilli Con Carne with Curry powder. It …

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    Mixed Beans Wasabi Mayo Salad

    ‘Canned Mixed Beans (Four Beans), Edamame and Carrot’ is my favourite combination for a quick bean salad. Sometimes I add other salad vegetables such as Cucumber and Lettuce. Dress the salad with various dressings, but this is my absolute favourite. It’s ‘Japanese Mayonnaise, Soy Sauce and Wasabi’. If you don’t like Wasabi, try Garlic Chilli …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Mixed Beans Mustard Salad

    I often make salad using canned Mixed Beans and Edamame beans. And for the bean salad, the essential ingredient is crunchy fresh Carrot. You can add other crunchy fresh vegetables such as Radish and Cucumber, but Carrot’s crunchiness is absolutely the best match to the Edamame beans which have quite crunchy texture. Makes 4 Servings …

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    Basil Hummus

    I loved the basil hummus that I found on Cookpad. The basil flavoured hummus suits my taste better than classic hummus, but it was a little too heavy for me. So I am now writing the altered recipe for myself. You can find the original recipe here. Ingredients 1 can (400 g) Chickpeas *drained and …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Butter Bean Spreads

    I often use sweetened butter bean paste for making Japanese sweets, but my husband is not a big fan of sweetened beans. He doesn’t eat even ‘Azuki’ Red Bean paste which is an essential ingredient for Asian sweets. I realised that the sweetness and the flavour of beans are not a good mix for some …

  • Beans & Peas Other Soup

    Broad Beans Soup

    It’s a soup of Spring. I have tried to make this soup with chicken stock, vegetable stock, potato, onion, or a little bit of butter. To enjoy the flavour of the Broad Beans most, you only need Milk. Trust me! You will enjoy the best Broad Beans soup. Makes 2 to 4 Servings Ingredients Broad …

  • Beans & Peas

    Edamame & Cream Cheese Dip

    In Melbourne where I live, ‘Edamame’ has become a quite common food. I don’t need to go to Asian grocery stores to buy them because most supermarkets sell frozen ‘Edamame’. As you probably know that ‘Edamame’ literally means ‘beans on stems’, and it is the name of a preparation of immature soybeans in the pod. …

  • Beans & Peas Halloween

    Wicked Black Bean Dip

    I guarantee this dip is tasty though it looks horrible. It’s a perfect Halloween party food! This dip is based on the basic ‘Hummus’ recipe. I simply tried to make black coloured ‘Hummus’ using Black Beans and Black Tahini. Jalapeño is highly recommended, but it’s optional. Ingredients Canned Black Beans 1 *400g, drained Red Onion …

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    Healthy Soy Bean Nibbles

    If you like ‘Edamame’, you would like these soy beans. They are ‘Roasted Soy Beans’. Toasted or roasted soy beans are the essential food for a seasonal even called ‘Setsubun’ in Japan. February 3rd, which is the eve of the first day of spring, people in Japan scatter roasted soy beans inside and outside their …

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    Simmered Peas

    They are fresh peas simmered in soy flavoured dashi stock. My mother used to cook this dish when peas were in season. I sat at the little table in our small kitchen and helped her with shelling peas. Then she cooked those fresh peas in dashi stock. Those peas were absolutely delicious with freshly cooked …

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    Chilli Garlic Edamame

    ‘Edamame’ are young soy beans in the pod. Frozen ‘Edamame’ that are already blanched in salted water or unsalted water are available from most supermarkets and Asian grocers. Slightly salted ‘Edamame’ are very tasty, but you got to try this one. As the pods, that you don’t eat, are seasoned, you taste the Chilli & …

  • Beans & Peas Beef

    Chilli Con Carne

    I used to buy Maggi’s Chilli Con Carne spice mix to make this dish. But once I have learned what spices I need to make it, I don’t need pre-made spice mix. This dish is very simple to make. Sometimes I add extra Chilli or less Chilli, other spices like Oregano, more Tomatoes, a little …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Cuban Black Beans

    Since my daughter stopped eating meat, I have been cooking more beans. I have tried all sort flavours of Japanese, Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc. But this is the biggest hit. Cuban!!! Well…, I have never been to Cuba and never tasted real Cuban food. I just read some recipes and created my own version. …

  • Beans & Peas Takikomigohan

    Green Peas Rice

    When the spring vegetables are in season, even in a supermarket, I sometimes come across fresh green peas in the pod. It’s time to cook this dish which is one of my Top 3 favourite rice dishes. It’s another very simple seasonal dish. But you only can cook it in Spring when fresh green peas …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Ponzu Pickled Soy Beans

    I bought a bag of Black Beans from an Asian grocery store and have found out they are different from the ones available from ordinary supermarket stores. Black Turtle Beans are commonly called ‘Black Beans’ in Australia, but what I bought from the Asian grocery store are Black Soy Beans. My grandmother used to pickle …

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