Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bean Soup
  • 1 lb. adzuki beans or black-eyed peas (tofu instructions in text)
  • 1/4 tsp. Chinese 5-spice powder or 1/4 tsp. each ground cinnamon & cloves or your favorite sweet spice.
  • Water
  • 1/2 C brown sugar or turbinado sugar or the equivalent in your favorite sweetner

Rinse the beans in a colander, then place in a large pan, bring to boil, boil 1 min.
Turn off heat, let sit one hour.Or don't cook and just let set overnight in water to the top of the pot. The beans will about triple in volume.Add sugar & fresh water to cover and spices.Add more sugar and/or spice if you think its needed. Cook until the beans are tender, adding more water if needed.This will vary with the type of bean and their age. Probably 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours. As the beans are cooling add salt, if you use it, to taste. Also add more sugar or spice if you think it needs it.

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