Kuromame bean is the new black

黒豆
This is a compilation about ideas to cook kuromame (black soy beans). First, you need to boil them, go to the end of this post for instructions.

SIDE DISH

As a side dish for :
kare raisu (Japanese curry)
Korean wind lunch
Rum vanilla apple black beans, in fragrant tortilla

WITH RICE

Rice and beans.

Black rice
Same recipe as seki-han, red rice (red rice), but with kuromame

Salade de riz Méditerranée

BEAN BALLS

A variation to burger or croquette.


Tama (green lemon big bean ball)

Swedish bean balls
Dark green curry with bean balls

OTHERS :

Marron berry chunky terrine (France)

Feijoada with pig trotter (Brazil)

Enfrijoladas frescas (Mexico)

kuromame shiso empanadas

also in :
Japanese garden creamy Winter soup
four bean gumbo
‘lumaca’ soup

SWEET :

Recooked in a syrup of sugar and grated fresh ginger.

Sweetened with syrup of kurozato (black sugar). They are floating with black sesame on top a bowl of sweet potato okayu

PREPARATION OF DRIED BEANS :

Cooking them is quite long, that can take 3 or 4 hours, after soaking them 24 hours. The time is hard to “predict” as it depends on the size of beans and their age (this year’s crop, or older…).

Process :
-Anyway, rinse them and soak them. You can add baking soda or not (I don’t but Japanese water is not harsh).
-Bring them to boil, you use the soaking water or change. In the first case, color will be more vivid. Boil them at least 10 minutes and take away the foam on surface (the toxic substance of beans).
-Continue on low heat, in a crock pot if you want. Beans are cooked when they are soft.
I cook a batch of 250g without any flavoring, and I freeze most in cups (silicone cupcake molds) for further use.

Tip (that I don’t use) : to keep the color, you can add some nails or other iron objects that are rusted.

Japan’s most common recipe is to cook them with sugar (same weight as the beans) added from the soaking water, or from the low heat simmering… or like I do later. The sweet black beans are one item of the New Year good luck dishes. For savory recipes, you can add a piece of kombu seaweed in the water.

SOBA ike-men (noodle arrangement)

Soba : Japanese buckwheat noodles made of pure buckwheat, buckwheat and wheat, or wheat and tea for matcha soba. Do not confuse with *chuka soba* and *yaki soba* which are ramen (Chinese style noodles).

More about noodle types :
Guided tour of my soba closet

home-made soba

Classics :

Old style soba lunch

Ikura tororo soba – fishy, creamy, chewy

Iwashi soba . Sardine soba-soup

Toshikiri-soba is Japanese New-Year kiss

Okinawan soba

Many variations :

hot salad pasta

soba cube

Crosses en goma-ae et soba

hatcho-miso soba

The “I am cold” Miso Soup

Soba chic sauce

Basil’n peas…

Zaru soba variation

with tomato tsuyu (zaru soba)

Instant ketchup for soba

Dry soba for rainy season

Matcha soba and rei-shabu

matcha soba bok choy

Soba and fragrant tofu

Soba and Five Fragrances

clams around the plate

Soba Mediterraneen (cheese gratin)

14 chocolate gourmandises for tomo-choko day


Berry Valentine cake

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Coffee sunglassesGâteau truffe aux kumquatsWhite chocolate cinnamon apple cake Raspeberry choco-carob cake

nutty truffles (vegan)

choco-chip cookie with coconut cream

tarte orangette

silky chocolate mousse (vegan)

chocolate smeared green tea waffles

simple silky chocolate tarte (vegan, gluten free)

matcha chocolate cake

Azteca gold takoyaki

guilt-free chocolate cake

minimalist pear and chocolate

pinapple chocolate cupcakes

bûche forêt noire

macashew brownies (vegan)

A little compilation, but click on the text links not on the photos (sorry I’m lazy, but linking the thumbnails to the posts would be very time-consuming).

CHOCOLATE AND AZUKI BEANS

Chocolate and azuki

Choco-azuki, le retour

Azu-choco with blueberry 

Mousse au chocolat vegetale

After-Eight Daifuku Mochi

Choco-coco hari-nezumi

choco-chip matcha-an daifuku

Sorbet de cacao grand frisson

Tartelettes citron-chocolat

Gomacarons (sesame cocoa macarons)

Truffes a la pomme nouvelle

choco-banana fondant

choco-chip far breton

chocolat chaud 16 janvier

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Pure mousse au chocolat

choko-friends (paleo diet)

3 petites marquises noires


Marquise blanche

Valentine Day in Japan.

V-day nama choco (vegan)

It differs from other country’s V-day.
Of course, there are few Christians and the celebration is not of religious origine. It was created as a marketing event. In 1936, an expat chocolate artisan called Morozoff started promoting the “Valentine Day chocolates”. It became popular from the 1950’s.

Japanese tradition became this in the 80’s and 90’s :
On February 14th, Valentine Day : Ladies offer small boxes of chocolates to gentlemen they find attractive. And they also offer some to gentlemen they don’t care about, to avoid making them upset. Those are “giri choko” (obligation chocolates).
On March 14 th, White Day : Gentlemen that received chocolates give a thank-you present to all ladies that made them a gift. The value varies a lot, depending on their feelings for the ladies.

There were legends, in the glorious days of VD-WD, about guys receiving a tiny box of 1 piece of al’cheapo chocolate and thanking with a luxury brand hand-bag or a jewel. And also horrid stories, about naive young women living their first workplace VD, giving “giri choco” to all coworkers, but then they received the most vulgar pieces of lingerie from creepy middled aged guys, that were their managers. From dreams to nightmares.

Now, it became a old. Not fun anymore. So in the last 10 years or so, the number of people playing the game has decreased. In the 1990’s, I could see handsome young guys receiving several times their weight in chocolates, from all women aged 5 to 95, in a circle of 5 km around them, coworkers, customers, neighbors… Now, they get only a few. Maybe of better quality, and with more sincere feelings.
But the taste for chocolate is still here. So Valentine Day is still the big promotional campaign. They sell some everywhere now. The thing is most people probably buy more for themselves, or to share with family or real friends, than to give around to boring coworkers. It seems these days, the industry wants us to by tomo-choko (friendship chocolates). Anything is good to sell…

Saint-Shoppentine, say cheeeeese !