Black beans are la crème de la crème, cold or warm

Folic acid, magnesium, potassium and iron are essential to our diet and that is not all that black beans bring to our nutrition. Eat them to build new cells, energy and give your system the power to oxygenate itself.

In summer I like this soup at room temperature and in the colder months it is marvellous warm.

Black bean soup
Ingredients
500 g of cooked black beans with cooking water, either home cooked or canned
1 small onion finely chopped
3 to 4 cm long and 3 cm wide piece of ginger (add more for more spice), finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
4 dates
10-12 fresh basil leaves
5-6 sprigs of fresh marjoram and thyme (use leaves only) or dry herbs instead
Big pinch or 2 of coarse sea salt

Method
If cooking the beans at home, soak 1½  cups of dry black beans in 4 cups of water over night. Using the soaking water, cook the beans the following day in a large pot with a loosely open lid at medium heat, until the beans are tender and creamy to the bite. It will take about two to three hours, depending on the beans. If using canned black beans start here. Add all of the above ingredients to a blender jar and blend until creamy and smooth. That is it. If you would like to eat the soup warm, warm it up, if not it is ready to serve.

Red pepper mojo
Ingredients
2 ripe sweet red peppers chopped very fine
1 small garlic clove chopped very fine
½ cup of apple cider vinegar (unfiltered if you have it)
1 Tbsp of honey
7-10 chives thinly cut (use scissors, it is much easier)

Method
Chop the peppers, garlic and chives very, very fine. The end result should be a slightly coarse sauce. Place them in a bowl and mix in the liquid ingredients.

Pour two to three tablespoons of the red pepper mojo over the soup before eating.

In the photos above I served the black bean soup with bulgur, tomato, pumpkin seed and feta cheese salad on the side.

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About Bubu

When I visualise the world I see a pan, in it are the earth, air and water, they symbolise literature, science and maths, the languages are the medium, culture and civilisation are the art, and the people are the recipe. Bubu is my given nickname, just as María Isabel Alvarez Kirkham, is my birth name. I am a graphic designer and artist focused on spacial and sensory communication, with work ranging from visual communication design to installation art.

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