Cultured Beans

This is batch 4 of my attempts at cultured beans. The first batch was black beans made with the fermentation liquid from a hot sauce batch plus salt. It was yummy but too salty for my taste. The second batch was creamy creamy white beans that I made with salt and yogurt whey and they were yummy but I must have put a dirty spoon by accident or something because after they were finished and I scooped some, they grey fuzz so I trashed them. Batch three were garbanzos made with buttermilk whey—they were okay but I’m not a fan of the buttermilk whey. So I bought some powdered culture. This batch is cannelini with salt and culture. They taste great going into the jar.

They need the skins busted open. They don’t need to be mashed but they do need the skin broken so the culture can get in. These beans soaked a day then I boiled them with dried garlic and some fresh rosemary.

Smash them up with the culture—about 4 Tablespoons and 1 Tablespoon salt. I used Cutting Edge Culture at 1/8 tsp/4 Tbls water.

Pack into the jar and leave it out 3 days….and fingers crossed that we have some magic.

Day two—24 hours
Day 3 it puffed up.

And finally they are ready for fun! These are super creamy with a nice sour bite and no overwhelming salt flavor.

Nabak Kimchi

I haven’t made Nabak Kimchi aka Water Kimchi in like a decade…it’s more liquidy, less funky than your typical Napa kimchi you see around.

I started chopping the vegetables—I used daikon for the radish, carrot, green onion, napa cabbage, 1/2 an Asian pear, and garlic.

The daikon and Napa have been rubbed with salt

Added the other veggies to sit with the salt

Meanwhile I steep some gochugaru in a strainer in 10 cups of water and some salt.

Once wilted the veggies go into the jar. To be joined by the gochugaru “tea”

Where it sat for 4 nights and 3 days on the counter. To relocate to the fridge and get sampled.

I ended up using the following:

  • The inner yellowish leaves from one medium head of Napa cabbage
  • About a four-five inch slice of daikon cut into squares
  • 2 Tbl gochugaru
  • 1/2 Korean pear
  • 1 medium to large carrot
  • About an inch slice of ginger
  • 3-4 green onions
  • Garlic to taste 4-6 cloves
  • About 8 cups of water
  • 2Tbl salt to run the veggies and 2 Tbl for the water/gochugaru mixture

This experiment was inspired by this water kimchi recipe

This is definitely a repeat. It’s been years since I made this from scratch and I really enjoy it’s lightness.

The Lazy Gastronome

“Meat” and Potatoes

A while back I made some meatballs using buckeye beans from Ranch Gordo. I was wondering what’s for dinner and I realized I had six of those yummy balls in the freezer and some potatoes and Brussels, so I figured I go meat and potatoes for dinner. The potatoes are smashed and fried with some roasted Brussels and a mushroom gravy.

Here’s the link to my original meatballs post-Bean Meatballs

Thanks for checking them out.

Lemon liqueur

I have a pile of lemons at our new home…I had planned to make limoncello as I did with grapefruit at our old house. But I wasn’t feeling it. I hinted around online and made a conglomerate recipe…

I actually used 6 lemons….all of them as this will be strained later.

I chopped them small/medium ish

I added 1 cup of sugar to the lemons

Then I poured in 1/2 the vodka and shook to dissolve. Then the rest of the vodka. This jar held 1/2 the bottle with the lemon bulk in it.

Soundly shaken again abs detached in a dark cabinet.

I feel like this will be far more lemony than limoncello! I’ll get back to you in 4-6 weeks

Myung Ga Tofu and Koren BBQ, San Bernardino

We headed east to visit the Riverside Farmers Market and the Mattel Store. After all of that and some failed auto repairs at home we found a Korena spot on Yelp that we had to try because they are not a dime a dozen in our new neighborhood.

Slipped in a regular strip mall is Myung Ga

It has all the usual suspects on the menu Soon Doo Boo, Ramen, Kalbi, Cold Noodles, Kimchi Fried Rice, etc

Hite has been reborn as Terra but they are out so I had a Cass. My first time with Cass. It’s fine…not as lite as I think of Hite…

The Banchan were pretty typical—daikon slices in soy sauce and jalapeño, kimchi, slightly ferment sprouts, a great spice cucumber pickle, and a pasta salad (the latter is not unusual but always confusing).

I opted for the Bibimbop with tofu…and make it hot at your own past sauce

Jim opted for the Tofu Stew with added Oyster..mild side with the ubiquitous bowl of rice

Overall this place is solid and we will return…