I finally cooked the first of the beans I grew last summer. Actually I am glad I waited since I was able to take this photo to show you how pretty they are. I was told that these are a heritage variety from Central America called Tigre. I don't know any more than that, or if this is even accurate! However, they are beautiful and cooked up easily and without falling apart. They tasted similar to a pinto bean only being both smaller and more delicate in taste.
After cooking, I combined them with some warm cooked brown rice, a few chopped veggies like celery and green onions, topped the salad with some home-grown lentil sprouts, made a simple vinagrette dressing, and served this as a main dish salad over a large plate of fresh mixed greens from our local winter greens farmer with some home-made fresh bread and a dish of our home-made organic applesauce for dessert. Here is what the salad looked like all ready to eat (oops, minus the silverware I now see!). The little dish on the upper left side is olive oil for dipping our bread into, and the glass on the right is filled with iced green tea. A GREAAAAAT tasting easy meal that is also great for you - a quote not by Tony the Tiger, but Diana Dyer who was born in the Chinese Year of the Tiger - I'll let you try to figure out which year!
Starting my meal and ending this post with another of my favorite graces:
This food comes from the Earth and the Sky,
It is a gift of the entire universe
And the fruit of much hard work;
Let us vow to live a life
Which is worthy to receive it.
Grace of the Bodhisattva Buddhists
Diana Dyer, MS, RD