Archive for the ‘Beans’ Category

Old Fashioned German Bean Soup Cooking

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Black Bean Hummus – Engineering a recipe

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

This recipe will work better than garbanzo beans in Brazil because they are more readily there.

I purchased a black bean hummus at the Tower Grove Park farmers market.  It was very good.   The listed ingredients where.  Cumin was not specifically listed and if it had it was at very low levels.

  • black beans
  • water
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • celery
  • onions
  • orange juice
  • lime juice
  • lemon juice
  • tahini 
  • garlic
  • salt
  • shallots
  • sugar
  • natural spices


  • There is a little burn at the end of the flavor.  Try adding a jalopeno.

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Experiment 1:  formula


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 small jalapeño pepper, seeded

Notes: Experiment #1

  • The jalopeno and cilantro is central to the recipe.  The combination with the black beans is very tasty.
  • harder to get the whip to thicken
  • When you first make this black bean hummus you will not taste a strong cilantro flavor.  However if you leave it overnight in the refrigerator the flavor of the cilantro comes on strong. Quite amazing the difference for cilantro lovers.

Lemon Garlic Mayonnaise Garbanzo Bean Salad

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Simple but tastes heavenly.


  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Garbanzo beans


  1. Chop garlic to fine chips – do in order given to increase diffusion of garlic flavor into maynnaise
  2. Dump in quantity garbanzo beans to your liking
  3. Ratio mayonnaise to the garbanzo beans
  4. Add a dose of lemon 
  5. Mix until garlic is evenly distributed in the garbanzo beans
  6. Cut lettuce to preferred size – wash and fling dry
  7. lightly salt the moist lettuce – place on your plate
  8. put the left over lemon juice on the lettuce
  9. put a light dose of olive oil on the lettuce
  10. put the bean / mayo mix in the center
  11. Eat!

You'll be surprised how good it tastes.  

Brazilian Cold Bean Salad

Monday, October 5th, 2009

I encountered a delicious bean salad at an "a kilo" restaurant in Brazil.  You make it as follows:

  1. cook great northern beans with a little salt, olive oil and garlic.  Drain afterwards
  2. put in a large container and add some more olive oil and mix to lightly coat the beans
  3. add chip chopped green and red bell peppers and onion
  4. add some sort of acid.  I like to use lime juice but you can also use vinegar.  Add and mix a bit at a time until it suits your taste.


Hot Sweet Jalopena Beans

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

One of the secrets of good beans is adding acid to them. Vinagar and lime juice suit this purpose.  If you like the hot sweet combination here is a recipe for you.

  • molasses – used in the 1800’s alot to make beans more zippy.
  • oregano
  • vinagar
  • red bell pepper
  • onions
  • garlic
  • tomato
  • olive oil
  • 1 red jalopena

Use the above ingredients to suit your taste. Cook in your pressure cooker.  Nothing like the sweet of the molasses beating against the hot flavor of the jalopena.