Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Legume Love Affair - Second Helping - The Round-Up

A nice turnout, a good mix of familiar faces and new friends, and, as always, an amazing array of delightful recipes generously offered to guests across the miles. Thanks for making My Legume Love Affair - Second Helping an event that you can love, too. Please makes yourselves at home, scroll down the entries, and check out the winner of the cookbook drawing, highlighted along the way. (Winner, please contact me to make your selection and provide me with shipping details.)

Should there be any errors or omissions, I will correct them as soon as I am notified.

Best Wishes and Happy Eating!


To soak or not to soak? A cooking instructor has the answers
with hundreds of quick variations on a theme
that ensure the basic elements are never boring.

100 Idiot Proof Lentil Curries
Ramki - Ramki Cooks


How do you translate the versatility of the freshest local farm produce in town?
Why, it's like catching "two pigeons with one fava bean!"

Insalata di Fave
Simona - Briciole
Oakland, California, U.S.A.


Three rugged individualists share their colors, textures and flavors in
a south-of-the-border favorite that spotlights the best of alfresco dining.

Chipotle Barbecue Bean and Corn Salad
Susan - Food Blogga
San Diego, California, U.S.A.


Like pebbles warmed and browned, savory, rustic lentils
are nearly upstaged by a late-summer shipment of
juicy, plump figs from distant shores.

Sausage and Lentils with Spiced Figs
Laurie - Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.


Feeling hot and sticky? Go for a quick dip with a light and
tart riff on a traditional tahini-rich meze.

Turkish Yogurt Hummus
Lisa - Lisa's Kitchen
London, Ontario, Canada


An invasion of garden pests wipes out the crop, but doesn't dampen
the determination for the simple elegance of a dish kissed with citrus.

Broad Bean and Lemon Risotto
Michelle - Greedy Gourmet
Canewdon, UK


Pongal is the tie that binds the grace of God with the dearly departed
and those who celebrate their wise and compassionate lives.

Sia - Monsoon Spice


Pod beans of the East and West meet in the Mediterranean for a quick
side dish slathered with olive oil, lemon and mustard.

Ricki (my sister-in-law)
Delaware, U.S.A.

Mean Green Bean Salad


1/2 pound green beans
1/2 pound wax beans
1/4 pound Chinese long beans
1/2 small onion, sliced thin
10 stalks asparagus, cut on the bias


Blanch or steam beans until just cooked (must be crunchy). Drain and arrange on serving dish. Combine dressing ingredients (below) until well blended. Pour over beans and toss to coat.
Serves 4. --


Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste


A creamy and enchanted rice pudding stirs the sweet spot of memories
for a South Indian cook who revives the ritual in her own kitchen.

Ven Pongal and Gosthu
Suganya - Tasty Palettes


Does a complicated recipe get your dander up? Don't get mad.
Send the blasted thing to rehab. Twelve steps are so much friendlier than twenty.

Moong Beans, Greens and Mango
Bee and Jai - Jugalbandi


With a long and luscious list of flavorful ingredients, a "bolognaise" sauce
defies any diner to honestly say they miss the meat.

Vegetarian Lasagna
Johanna - Green Gourmet Giraffe
Melbourne, Australia


Perfect pearls of sweet green peas scatter their charm over a mound
of grilled Greek cheese and asparagus spears.

Abby - Eat the Right Stuff
London, UK


Spiced chickpeas and pumpkin chunks headline a South American dish that
cheers a gluten-free cook from the perils of a potentially monotonous diet.

Carapulcra de Garbanzos
Manda - Asparagus Thin
Concord, Virginia, U.S.A.


Recipes are like clothing: one size really does not fit all. Sometimes all it takes,
though, to turn a pet peeve into perfection is a few good tweaks.

Sra - When My Soup Came Alive


In a nation famous for its unpredictable weather, the broad bean is
a legume for all seasons, even in the same month.

A trio of revered soybean ingredients provide chic
minimalism to a clear and restorative Japanese broth.

White Miso Soup
Lori Lynn - Taste with the Eyes
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


Ancient and intriguing, dried limes from out of town disturb the peace in a
neighborhood thriving with herbs and spices that sparkle in their own right.

Kidney Beans with Herbs and Lime
Lucy - Nourish Me
Melbourne, Australia


Brilliant flavors and surprising variety ease the daunting task
of committing to a highly restrictive diet designed for optimum health.

Ricki - Diet, Dessert and Dogs
Toronto, Canada


The delicacy of thin and crispy crepes are enjoyed all the more when a
cherished relative shares time-shaving tips with an already enthusiastic cook.

Vaishali - Holy Cow! Recipes from a Vegan Kitchen
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A.


Five-minutes fast, golden-fried and spiced chickpea nuggets
will tempt you to whip up a batch any time of day.

A healthy holding back on butter and cream makes little difference
to the rich, slow-cooked flavor of a classic Punjabi specialty.

Deeba - Passionate About Baking
Gurgaon, India


A mysterious health benefit in black beans gives credence
to the belief that beauty is, indeed, sometimes skin deep.

Malai Dhal
Priya - Live to Cook
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


Colorful aromatics and slow cooking restore an Englishwoman's faith that
baked beans need not be as dismal as the contents of a convenience tin.

Baked Beans
Alex - Eating Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


The already impressive nutritional profile of many a bean can
practically grow right before you eyes. Just add water.

A alluringly named pod bean catches the eye of a
health-savvy shopper for a dazzling dish of color and crunch.

Summer Stir Fry
Meg - Becoming Whole
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S.A.


Clever, luxurious, eye-catching cupcakes make the case
for enjoying sweet and savory in the same mouthful.

Stef - Cupcake Project


Tiny green chili stems start soy milk's engine for a delicate
vegan yogurt in the absence of traditional cultures.

Soy Yogurt
Priya - Live to Cook
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


You would never guess to look at this crusty, well-shaped loaf that its fine
and moist crumb owes all to a secret ingredient hidden in the dough.

Bean Bread
Manuela - Baking History
Massachusetts, U.S.A.


The bold tang of lemon helps a husband forget his meat cravings long
enough to finish almost the last drop of a gorgeously easy Greek soup.

Chickpea and Lemon Soup
Jessica - Fearless Kitchen



Tender scallops of tofu, dressed in a quick, light and classic
Asian sauce is as easy to prepare as 1-2-3.

Savoury, Smooth Tofu
Christine - Kits Chow
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Bitter greens, snappy black pepper and the tingle of vinegar enhance
a slow-baking lentil casserole on a warm summer day.

Vicki - A Work in Progress
San Marcos, California, U.S.A.


A generous tangle of sprouted mung beans bursting with Indian spices
is just the kind of dish that forks were invented for.



A charmingly neglected garden is nonetheless a bounty of broad beans
collected for a simple salad drenched with lemony peppered olive oil.

Broad Bean Salad
Wendy - A Wee Bit of Cooking
Inverness, Scotland


Family gatherings entice a hostess to lay a table of traditional tiffin
as a change of pace from pleasing but predictable brunch fare.

Mandira - Ahaar
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.


Savory, spiced bars of ground chickpeas remind a spiritual
cook of her grandmother's most special recipe.

Paata Vadyaa (English translation link in post)
Mints! - Vandani Kaval Gheta


A staple in many African cultures, a leguminous groundnut
known as the peanut provides a warm and creamy soup to
pair with a filling carotene-rich starch.

African Peanut and Yam Soup
Susan - The Well-Seasoned Cook
New York, U.S.A.


Lucy of Nourish Me will be hosting My Legume Love Affair - Third Helping, the September edition. Do stop by her newly crafted TypePad site and say "hello" to healthy eating through an artist's eyes.

Thanks, again, for joining in!



  1. There's some mighty love-inducing legume dishes here. Thanks for the round-up.

  2. Susan,
    Thank you for another wonderful legume event. It is fun to read the recipes and visit the sites. Also some great photos. Thanks for the nice introductions.

  3. I swear, I want to make every single one of these dishes! Beautiful roundup and wonderful variety--thanks so much for this, Susan. And I'll look forward to round 3.


  4. Absolutely fabulous! I enjoyed reading about each entry, and look forward to visiting the individual blogs now.

    Susan - Your introduction to each unique dish is particularly noteworthy...Bravo!

  5. Thanks for yet another poetic round-up. Off to see your own post, don't understand how I missed that!

  6. Fabulous round up, darls! I had a small sneak-peek last night before heading off to bed.

    As such, I dreamed of beans all night...

    They are big shoes to fill...I hope to do you proud this September.

  7. Hi Susan, such a wonderful roundup. I want to try so many recipes.

  8. Susan, Thanks for this lovely collection. I want to try everything I see here!

  9. thank ¥√łu for a stupendous effort, dear susan. i look forward to round 3.

  10. Round 2 is a huge success Susan. Somehow I missed it...may have been due to working 12 hour days 7 days a week....I hope there will be a round 3:D

  11. Thanks for putting this together Susan. Lots of delicious recipes to choose from.

  12. Another wonderful round up Susan,I really love to participate ext time. At this moment I am quite busy , but how knows on next.

  13. I am so excited by the number of healthy dishes here, Susan. Thank you for hosting and for your creative descriptions.

  14. what a wealthy of leguminous loveliness - I have only flicked through the round up but this is definitely bookmarked as there are lots of recipes here I want to give more attention - thanks susan

  15. What an amazing round up! Great job!

  16. What a fab round-up Susan. Opened my eyes to so many more lentil ideas...absolutely wonderful!! Beautifully written too. Cheers Deeba

  17. Susan, thank you for hosting a second edition of this wonderful event. There are so many beautiful recipes in this roundup that it will be difficult to choose which one to try first!

  18. What an absolutely beautiful and delicious round up! Nice work, Susan! August has been a crazy month for me so I couldn't join in the fun, but I'll definitely try to whip something up for the coming editions :)

  19. Both editions have together become a wonderful ready reckoner for lentil recipes.
    I unfortunately managed to miss out on both editions.:( Maybe I'll make it to the the Third Helping.

  20. Susan - You're back! I seem to have missed your return somehow. Anyway, this is an awesome lineup of legumes! I'm excited by the possibilities, and my mouth is watering over that peanut and yam soup!

  21. splendid!!! one stop shop for all my legume cravings:) thank you dear Susan for all ur hard work in posting this wonderful round-up.

  22. Better late than never. What a great way to get my mind off work! Thanks Susan and all for this very nice array of dishes. What a banquet!

  23. WOnderful round up, Susan! Somehow I was not able to post my recipe for this event, little busy with work!

  24. hi Susan, hope things are great at ur end! It is just wonderful to know all these ways of cooking beans/legumes :)

  25. Wow! I think I'm in luuurrrrve!! Some of these dishes are just astonishingly good and I've bookmarked a whole bunch. Thanks for a wonderful round-up!

  26. Dear All ~
    THANK YOU for your recipes and/or kind words! I'm very glad you've enjoyed your stay at Beantown. ; )

  27. Hi I just came across your fantastic website.. Being very new myself in the food blog world, i am still exploring and i love love love middle eastern food. u have such great recipes. have to try out quite a few.

    Come visit me if u get time.

  28. Susan, lovie ~ I'm sorry to have missed this. I withdrew from the blogging world for a bit during August and most of this month and consequently missed some great blogging events, such as My Legume Love Affair. This is a fabulous round-up - so many intriguing ideas. I'm very keen to try your African Peanut and Yam Soup but will substitute the yam for kumara.