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:

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.

Pickle Juice

Pickle juice….the nectar of one of the world’s most beautiful things. And also incredibly useful beyond cocooning those little cucumbers. Essentially, pickle juice is just vinegar flavoured with garlic and dill (excluding those unfortunate sweet pickles). And that tastes delicious in many things. It is also a miracle of science and magical healer of many ailments*. […]

Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns

This post is a bit late, perhaps because I have been at a loss for words as to how to describe a (semi)recent kitchen encounter gone a bit off kilter. My latest gluten-free experiment recently coincided with my annual hot cross bun experiment . And unless buns are supposed to land on the floor with […]

Gluten-Free Experiment

About 2 weeks ago I started eating gluten-free. Mostly as an experiment, but also to see if it would help solve some health issues. So far, I don’t feel any different. And now, I hope I don’t. While getting some sort of diagnosis (even an internet one) can be a relief (unless it’s the typical […]

Coconut Oil vs Non-Coconut Oil

While in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua recently, I picked up a bottle of 100% organic cold pressed coconut oil (whatever that means) from the Pearl Lagoon Company. Thankfully it managed the flight home, all the while mysteriously turning from a pure liquid into a solid (science?). My boyfriend used to live with a bunch of hippies […]