Black soy milk iced matcha latte (from beans)


That’s not a fast-food drink. Count 12 hours or more to get your refreshment. Well, it’s not really labor intensive.

Kuromame, black soy beans. Compil’ here.


After overnight soaking. I don’t know why they burst. That doesn’t matter.


Squeezed in cotton gauze. More details about soy milk making here.


That gives soy milk. The grounds are okara:


This okara will be used in next post.


You can drink the milk.


Or make a matcha latte. I foamed 1/3 of chilled milk with matcha green tea powder and poured on top. You can see a gradation.


Purple hana mame, sweet giant beans

That’s the season for new dry beans. So here are the first hanamame (flower beans ) of the season.

They are that big. They need long soaking time in spite of freshness.

After 24 hours.

Boiled till they get tender.

Then I soaked them one night in a syrup (honey plus a litte mirin and soy sauce). And I get those delicious dessert beans.

Rice and beans. And nameko.

You don’t need much food : rice and beans. And you’re good to go. With a few veggies it’s even better. In many countries over the world, generations of people have lived eating this roughly at every meal. I like more variety, but once in a while, that’s great.

Hatsuga genmai germinated brown rice (read more).

Kuromame, black soy beans.
They are hard cookies… Well, you need time. With a good long soaking 2 or 3 hours. Without, some say 8 hours. So make a big batch and you can freeze what you don’t use.

Cooking black soy beans (kuromame) :

-Rinse the beans. Place them 24 hours in cool water (in the fridge if it’s hot)
-Bring to boil, skim the foam.
-Cook on moderate heat till tender.
-Add seasonings, sauces… and simmer till very tender, or as you like.

Japanese trick : to get a nicer color, some add a few rusty nails (in a tea pouch) to soak and cook with the beans.

Kuromame beans, simmered with red onion, garlic, tomato paste, chili, olive oil.

Sticky mushrooms called nameko.

Blanched and refreshed with komatsuna greens. The seasoning is soy sauce, black vinegar and sansho pepper.

That makes a solid delicious vegan meal.