“Mom, how do you cook beans?” She’d chuckle and tell me three different ways. I NEVER could get my beans to turn out like Mom’s. Since she died a few years ago I crave beans the way she made them. (I also long to eat them sitting across from her at her southern Carolina home.) So I began to experiment.
In my opinion, the perfect bean holds its shape on the outside but is tender on the inside. Oh, the occasional one might split but mostly they look like before they are cooked – only fatter. For me, beans must be soaked in a weak saline solution for eight hours. The rest is easy. A gentle simmer with seasonings of your choice.
Then the real fun begins as beans make great sandwich spreads, dips, side dishes, soups, fake potatoes, salads, sauces, bean loafs, bean breads, entire meals. Try cold white beans with olive oil, lemon juice and fresh parsley. The saline soak helps with the fartability and so does a bit of basil. Check out the next THREE-DAY FRESH! for more tasty pulse ideas.
You’ll want to kiss and be kissed by an oil puller. Why? Because they are real caretakers of their kissers.
Oil pulling helps prevent gingivitis, plaque, and bad breath microorganisms. Maybe even helps whiten your teeth and keep them from decay. Most of the microbial culprits are one celled; the oil binds them and whisks them away.
Ayurveda, The Science of Life, holds that the tongue represents every organ in the body so oil pulling detoxes more than just your mouth.
Here’s my morning mouth ritual. I drink a cup of warm water upon rising. I dip out one tablespoon of !!!!ORGANIC!!!! Coconut Oil. (I like the taste of Trader Joe’s.) I smell it. Now I am in a tropical paradise. (Hate coconuts? Use olive, palm, sesame, sunflower. All these oils have bacteria-fighting benefits but coconut also has lauric acid loaded with anti-microbial agents.)
I swish it and pull it through my teeth for about five minutes. (I usually make the bed and feed the dog while I am swishing.) Then I spit it into the garbage can – never in the sink. Then I rinse my mouth with warm water, flushing out the residue. Then I do my regular brushing, flossing, mini-brushing, tongue scraping, rinsing again with warm water. (More on tongue scraping later – should be call sweeping not scraping by the way.)
Then I kiss myself. Because next I get to meditate with thousands of people around the world right from my cozy bedroom chair. Check out Insight Timer a great meditation app.
Inspired by Joanne…
Here’s your spice of the day…
“Laughter” It comes in five different colors but the flavor is relatively consistent.
Yellow, Daffodil, Tweetie (as in Bird), Big (as in Bird), and Pee (as in I just wet my pants because you made me laugh so much). Oh, and do NOT forget — Sunshine. So there must be more than six flavors. Oh, but then there’s Duckling. And Lemon. And Curry.
You can see where this is going.
Hope you’re smiling because you have a heart that lights up the room.
Must be honey, yes?