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Posted By Cécile's Untamed Kitchen

Plantain

It's been a while since I have been wanting to play with plantains. Checked √

All I needed was my faithful cast-iron pan and coconut oil (which is ideal for healthy frying).

Plantain can't be eaten raw... you've got to cook it somewhat. It's actually referred as the cooking bananas!

So, I peeled one plantain (fitted nicely in the pan) with the help of a knife as it has a tougher skin. I cut it in about 1/2 cm-thick slices before dumping them in their oily bath ;0)

It's interesting to notice that at first, it felt as if the cooking was taking for ever. I turned the slices over and after some more cooking, all of a sudden, it burned... I caught it just in time but I'll know better in the future.
I also didn't add any salt which I will next time.
I'll be looking at spicing them up a bit too!

I am amazed at how it didn't get mushy at all. It's just so different and yet similar to bananas. Fascinating!

Well, I'm glad to have expanded my culinary horizon with this funky "fruit".

I made some turmeric/kale rice and a bok choy/radish/turnip stir-fry to eat with.

It was definitely a nourishing and satisfying addition to the table!

 
Posted By Cécile's Untamed Kitchen

Adzuki Beans

Adzuki beans are the second most popular legume in Japan after the soybean!
They are really sweet and strong with a nutty flavor. I do have a soft spot for them.

The other day, I cooked a batch (maybe 3 cups worth) from scratch (soaking overnight, draining the next day, cooking until nice and soft with a piece of kombu in lots of water without adding any salt).

After putting some away in the freezer (for a future dip, soup or purée) I decided to keep some handy in my fridge.
It's a good idea to always have some cooked lentils or beans ready to roll ;0)

So, for an improvised lunch, I took my wok and...

Sautéd an onion in olive oil.
Added some firm tofu cut in small cubes.
Mixed in sliced cremini mushrooms, 1 hot chili pepper finely chopped, some lemon juice + zest.
Once it looked cooked, I added the beans just to warm them up.
Finally, I put in tamari, fresh parsley and cilantro and a few drops of toasted sesame oil.

I ate it just like that with some gomasio. Hot it was... I'm not used to chilies!

Would be awesome served with soba noodle. Or on a nice bed of basmati rice.


The left-over can be turned into a hearty salad by adding some fresh tomatoes, peppers, green onions, fresh spinach, a bit of sesame oil and brown rice vinegar!

I've been away (to French People Land that is France!) from my BLOG for a few weeks but I shall make up for it ;0)