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Recipe: Donburi (Almost Sekihan), or Adzuki Beans and Rice

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Donburi (Rice Bowls)

One of the most comforting foods in the world is a bowl of rice. Perhaps it's a Japanese thing. Perhaps it's a coeliac thing.

Perhaps it's simply a fact.

But this recipe I've cobbled after many meanderings in the kitchen is a wonderful blend of sweet and biting, with the adzuki beans traditionally used in desserts, and short grain brown rice or mochi -- it's satisfying, full of flavor, and yet mild enough to be gentle on a gluten-ed or overworked gut.

To prepare, either quick-soak or overnight the adzukis. (They're small, they cook in an hour - hour 1/2 either way.)

To quick soak:

[ Take care not to over-boil, or accept you'll have bean paste more than beans.]

1/2 cup dry adzukis
1 1/2 cups water
strip kombu (kelp seaweed)
1/4 diced yellow onion
fennel seeds (optional)

Place in small saucepan. Boil on high for 15 mins. Turn off heat and let sit for 15. Drain. Add 1 cup water, seeds, and kombu, and simmeruntil the beans are tender, but st…

Product Review: Food [Truly] Should TASTE GOOD

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As a celiac, I am sometimes expected to eat the tail-end, so to speak, of the taste spectrum. I'm expected to eat tasteless, to eat left-over, to eat inept imitations of gluten-containng food -- and perhaps even to wallow in self-pity.
This is not a self-image, or life-style, I want to embrace or encourage. In fact, it's false, and based on bloody false presuppositions and a never enough mentality. It is not my identity. Being celiac does not require eating less well, eating less variety, or eating less taste-tantalising food.
[ My recent review of Silver Hills GF breads highlights how very well san gluten can be done, without trying to imitate gluten-full options. ]
But a brill example of naturally gluten-free food made with panache, and made safe, is Food Should Taste Good.
These chips (crisps if you rather) do more than chip the illusion of gluten-free always being bland or a few wickets short of a win. They blast the idea that celiac-safe means no variety. They make textu…