Sunday, February 19, 2012

Beans! - Interview With Cresent Dragonwagon, And Cannellini Beans With Red Pepper And Rapini

Ben sent this interview with Cresent Dragonwagon:

The World Of Beans

The woman loves her beans! She's bean-infectious.

The interview is about 45 minutes. I listened while cooking, and eating, the stuff of that photo. It's a bean soup, some type of which I eat every day. I usually make a big pot and tap it while working, thus the small half-eaten bowl.

This was made with cannellini beans. I cook them to a paste and store in the fridge so they're available for soups. Here I lightly simmered, really just blanched for a minute or two:
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Red bell pepper
  • Cauliflower
Then added and heated for 1 minute:
  • Green beans (frozen)
  • Broccoli rabe (aka rapini, a leftover from a batch-cook)
Then added and stirred until it came to a simmer:
  • Cannellini beans
  • Tomato sauce (not much, couple tablespoons)
  • Tamari (couple teaspoons)
While it's cooling I add spices. Done. Assembling the soup after the beans were previously cooked lets me keep vegetables colorful and crunchy. The red bell pepper and rapini add zing. I like some ancho chili or smoked paprika in the end.

Here's the podcast:

Or, here's my attempt at embed:

Thanks, Ben. I'm going to be on the lookout for her book.


Bix said...

I liked the way she dealt with the antinutrient question.

Dr. Mel said...

This is a cool post, Bix. I've heard of Crescent (intrigued by her "pagan-y" name) but never have researched what it is she actually does. She has a blog, too, w/ an inspiring Dec. post about the act of writing (I need to heed her words there more fully!). So thanks for the post--will listen to the audio as soon as we finish dealing w/ all the animals!

Bix said...

She had me at oligosaccharides.

Dr. Mel said...

I love her--"the tiny little bean"! Haven't gotten to the oligosaccharides yet.

Dr. Mel said...

"Beanfectious!" Heh heh.

Dr. Mel said...

And your recipe sounds great!

Dr. Mel said...

Jicama is a bean????????!!!!!!!!!!! I thought it was in the turnip family.

Leo said...

That looks delish! I've been eating a lot of beans lately. I eat them for the iron, 'cause I rarely eat red meat. Looks like a recipe I may have to try. ;) peace

Bix said...

I was surprised to hear jicama was a bean too.

Bix said...

Leo eats beans! Bien por ti!

caulfieldkid said...

Thanks, Bix. I'll have to give this a listen and check out the book.

You know me. I'm an advocate for all things bean!


Bix said...

Shaun, I thought you'd be keen on her. You're going to be our go-to person about beans!

Anonymous said...

How did she deal with the antinutrient question?

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