Beans & Peas

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    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 …

  • Beans & Peas Sushi Vegetables

    Chirashi-zushi with Edamame

    I often cook this ‘Chirashi-zushi’, a type of Sushi which is a kind of decorated rice salad, as a side dish for BBQ. Crunchy ‘Edamame’ are very tasty when mixed with sushi rice. Decorate it with your favourite toppings. This can be a fun cooking activity for children. Makes 6 Servings Ingredients Japanese Short Grain …

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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 …

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    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 just ‘Black Beans’ in Australia, but what I bought from the Asian grocery store are so similar to Soy Beans in taste …

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    ‘Falafel’ Chickpea Balls

    Since I moved to Australia, I have discovered many different food and ’Falafel’ is one of them. For a long time I didn’t know what they are made from. ‘Falafel’ is something I buy from shops and I never thought it could be so easy. The most important thing is to use uncooked chickpeas and …

  • Beans & Peas Prawn & Shrimp Tofu

    Braised Tofu with Prawns & Edamame

    Many Japanese words have been imported to English but often pronounced differently. ‘Edamame’ (the young soy beans) is one of them. It’s ‘e-dʌ-ma-me’ and NOT ‘e-dʌ-ma-miː’. When a word ends with ‘e’, English speaking people pronounce wrong. ‘Shiitake’ and ‘Sake’ are other examples. Please remember ‘e’ in Japanese words is always pronounced like ‘e’ in …

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    Edamame & Avocado Dip

    ‘Edamame’ are young soy beans. Soybeans in the pod are usually blanched in salted water. ‘Edamame” are becoming easily available from most super markets and Asian grocers. Crunchy and tasty, and above all nutrition packed ‘Edamame’ can be eaten directly from pods but they are great for cooking as well. Ingredients ‘Edamame’ Beans removed from …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Beans & Peas Takikomigohan

    ‘Sekihan’ Azuki Rice

    This dish is traditionally prepared to celebrate special occasions in Japan, because its red colour which is symbolic of happiness. The dish is called ‘Sekihan’ (Red Rice) in Japanese and basically steamed Mochi-gome (short grain glutinous rice) with Sasage Beans that are very similar Azuki Beans. These days more people conveniently cook it using rice …

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    Okra & Natto

    Okra is not yet very popular in Australia. My first encounter with Okra was in Alabama, US. It was ‘Fried Okra’ coated with cornmeal and slightly spicy, that became my favourite. My family often ate raw Okra with Katsuobushi and soy sauce. But I like Okra slightly cooked. This ‘Okra & Natto’ is very popular …

  • Beans & Peas Vegetables

    Colourful Black Bean Salad

    My family eat more beans and less meat these days. I often make bean salads and this is one of my favourites. I tried some different beans for this salad and I think Black Beans work best. When combined with colourful vegetables, the black colour of beans is quite striking. This salad is also nice …

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