What Does One Do With Mung Beans?

Soak them of course! Just like every other dried bean/lentil, right? Or so I thought. For some reason. I’ve never actually tried soaking any kind of bean before, but figured if I soaked them over night, they’d be ready to go in the morning. I even tried an experiment- I soaked some in water, some in water and vinegar and some in pickle juice:

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And when I tried them in the morning, I found water flavoured rocks, vinegar flavoured rocks, and pickle flavoured rocks. In addition to almost breaking my teeth, this was also the only time I can ever recall something pickle flavoured letting me down. So, defeated, I decided to actually read the instructions on the bag they came in. You are supposed to cook them. Fine. So I dumped all of the beans, and all of the different liquids into a pot, and simmered them till my teeth were content. Turns out, the mix of liquids was kind of nice.

So, after risking my life in the name of alternative protein sources, I offer this PSA: If you don’t want to slowly choke to death on a mouthful of bitter pebbles, cook your mung beans. And if you’re feeling daring, throw a little vinegar in too.

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Freezing Fruit

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Thanks to a summer full of picking, washing and chopping, we now have a freezer stocked full of fruit. While nothing beats a fresh peach or handful of raspberries picked off the branch, it’s still nice to be able to eat these things (even if it’s to a slightly less enjoyable degree) all year round. […]

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

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Seeing as coffee typically causes me to scrunch up my face and gag a little, my options when going out for ‘coffee’ are a bit limited. While a cup of tea always fits the bill, it’s nice to having something a bit more exciting then a cup of hot water with leaves in it every […]

Apple Chips

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I have been making a post-Halloween attempt to not eat any sugar (ketchup excluded). Not sure how long it will last, but I am now 5 days in, thanks to a few emergency ‘sugar-free’ google searches… which surprisingly yielded some worthwhile results. This was one of my favourite discoveries- apple chips. With just one ingredient (guess), and […]

Roasted Carrot Dip

Roasted Carrot Dip

This is probably one of the easiest things I make, and also one of the most requested ‘recipes’- if you can even call it that. It’s only got two ingredients- carrots and greek yogurt. But apparently, after hearing about the disappointing results of friends who have tried to make it, easy to screw up. I usually […]