Hot red choc’ chili

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A warm sprouted azuki chili with a few twists.

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These ingredients give the mood…

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I have followed the recipe of bean chili with dark chocolate and walnut, using sprouted azuki I had cooked and frozen. So it’s quick to mix and let simmer.

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Sides : A home-made wheat tortilla, toasted. And stir-fried white parts of romaine salad.

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Then use the tortilla as a spoon and enjoy :

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Dolling up, the simplest sweet for Hina doll festival

Hinamatsuri is arriving soon. Japan is full of cute girly treats and retro dolls.
Maybe my little stars belong to another festival, and I have not the best colors of cups, but that doesn’t matter. I’m giving you an easy recipe, then you decorate as you like.

You need boiled azuki beans (or other beans if you want), sugar/honey, powdered agar agar, a little brandy.
For boiling the beans, click here.

Take a cup of beans, put them in a bowl with their broth, add sugar to taste, a tbs of brandy. Heat 30 seconds in micro-wave. Let one hour.
Reheat 1 minute in micro-wave. When it’s very hot, stir in 1 tbs of agar. Reheat 30 seconds. Pour in little cups. Decorate.
Let cool.

Other wagashi tea sweet recipes (click here).

Purple beans, Mexican wind.

Today’s bean lunch takes us to Mexiiiico ! I feel so much warmer after eating this.

I’ve added spices, cumin, nutmeg, powdered jalapeno, and a diced carrot to boiled azuki beans (I restocked big time : soaked and cooked 1 kg !). The salsa is from a jar.

I’ve got this huge leafy Chinese cabbage.

The outer greens slightly steamed as a hot salad.

Yuzu guacamole, just yuzu juice and avocado. That’s enough, fragrant, sour, silky. That makes one creamy topping. The other is yogurt.

A full meal, ready in 5 minutes. Hot and spicy.

Azuki on tortilla

A Japaxican meal. Another quickie lunch.

Azuki beans are cooked with tomato, cumin, spices… It’s a tortilla made of masa.

Bell peppers, and stalks of negi leeks.