Black Bean Weekend

I am having a black bean weekend, or turtle bean weekend, as is also called in many countries. Black beans are black legumes, which many would say are the powerhouse of nutrition, being rich in protein, minerals and complex carbohydrates.

The delicious mild, rich and flavourful taste of black beans would encourage you to enjoy them in a myriad of ways, stewed, in salads, with rice in a cook-up, in a dip and even in a Chili as well.

One can prepare them very much the same way you would other dried peas, but you have got to soak them for a couple of hours before boiling them, they also freeze quite well so you can pull them out of your freezer and enjoy them any time. Here are some recipes to get you started!

 In order to prepare them for cooking one has to rinse at least one pound of beans  and place them in a large bowl, cover with water and leave to soak overnight. The next day place beans with the water into a stock pot, add one large chopped onion, one bay leaf and a pinch of brown sugar. Bring the beans to a boil. Lower the heat to low medium and simmer for 1 ½ hours or until tender. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Black bean foods: – Black Bean Salsa & Black Bean Soup, which I will share with you.

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