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Recipe: Onigiri and Sweet Adzukis (Beans)

This is a go-to dinner for me, and one that costs less than a drive to the nearest grocery at current gasoline prices.

Adzuki beans:

1/2 c. adzuki beans
1 strip kombu (kelp)
1/2 white onion
1 tsp dried fennel seed

Boil beans in 2 cups water on high for about twenty minutes for a "quick soak"; allow to sit another ten. Drain water, refill with 1 cup water. Simmer for an hour, adding fennel, onion, and kombu. Cook until slightly tender (if cooked longer, the beans will dissolve and lose shape, which makes a nice paste--if you prefer them so, cook on high another twenty or so minutes).

Rice (onigiri):

1 cup short grain  brown rice
2 cups water

Bring water to a boil. Add rice, leave heat high until boiling again, then turn down to allow to steam. The rice should have absorbed all the water in 45 mins to an hour. Turn heat off, allow to cool 10 mins. Fill an extra bowl with warm water, and a teaspoon of salt. Fluff rice with a fork or chopsticks, and then using hands dipped in th…