Hosting the 53rd edition of MLLA, created and organized by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook was, as in previous occasions, a great pleasure. Throughout the past month, I have received contributions from around the world, delicious variations on the theme of legumes.
Hosting an event means having the pleasure of collecting and then sharing the collection — of savoring in solitude each dish as it comes into my mailbox, and then inviting everybody to the final banquet. It was a great pleasure to welcome new participants to the party and to say Hi! to old acquaintances.
I am presenting the contributions in the order I have received them — however, multiple posts by the same author are grouped together. For each submission, I will give you the official information (author, blog name and post title) and a brief description that summarizes it — a tiny morsel that will entice you to follow the link and read the details.
Now, please, make yourself comfortable, then follow me on a journey of flavors, colors, traditions and culinary creativity. And at the end of the roundup, I will reveal the lucky winner of the event prizes.
Debra of Diary of a Tomato presents Northern Shrimp with Tomatoes and Yellow Eye Beans
"Not quite a soup nor a stew, this particular medley of Northern shrimp and beans reminded me more of a deconstructed chowder."
Janet of The Taste Space prepared Moroccan Chana Dal Stew with Green Olives and Preserved Lemon — "I liked the creamy nature of the chana dal as a back drop for the stew along with cinnamon and cumin. The buttercup squash was sweet and complemented the grassiness of the green beans..."
tigerfish of An Escape to Food shares with us Garlic Haricort Verts
"Green bean casserole... is popular in the US, particularly at Thanksgiving; but my preference is always over a easy tasty stir-fry or saute like this."
Barbara of My Italian Smörgåsbord presents Chickpea Lasagna With Pumpkin And Ricotta Filling — To say that the filling, based on roasted pumpkin, ricotta and Parmesan, "was delicious is an understatement." Note: This lasagna is 100% gluten free.
and also Spinach And Chickpea Veggie Burger
"These are some of my favorite veggie burgers ever... also extremely easy to make from scratch, using only a few ingredients that is possible to have always at hand."
Lubna Karim of Yummy Food prepared Ambadae Ki Bhaji Dal/Gongura Pappu/Red Sorrel Leaves with Lentils — "It’s a simple dal in combination with sour tasting red sorrel leaves... called Gongura in Telugu and Ambadae Ki Bhaji in Hindi... this is one of my favorite of combo dals."
Brii of Briggishome prepared Legume Soup
"I love the sunny days, I love the rainy days, I love the foggy days... Sometimes all these sunny days we have on the Garda lake, are really too much for me. I actually need some grey days to regenerate."
Mints! of Vadani Kaval Gheta prepared Kanda Bhajji - Onion Fritters
"I learned this Kanda Bhajji recipe from one of these shop vendors, he was kind enough to share secrets of not using baking soda."
Nags of Edible Garden shares with us Masala Vadai
"The street vendors in Kerala generally sell paruppu vadai with a thick coconut chutney which is delicious so I made the same. This is totally optional but highly recommended."
Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu presents Pinto Bean and Corn Salad with Smoky Citrus Dressing
"Jarred roasted red peppers, canned pinto beans and frozen corn kernels make this an easy out of the pantry salad for winter or when pushed for time, but in the summer... I would suggest you take advantage of seasonal produce."
Jiya Jesh of BlogExplore shares with us Rajma / Red Kidney Beans Roti Wrap
"What better way to add nutrition to the already nutritious whole wheat rotis? yes..it is adding legumes and here I have used red kidney beans."
Cinzia of Cindystar presents Lentil, Pumpkin and Curry Soup
"Ordinary ingredients, easy recipe, but a pinch of curry and turmeric will make the difference. And never discard any pumpkin skin, just cut in little pieces and put in the soup, it's tastefully edible!"
Rajani of My Kitchen Trials contributed four dishes
A perfect lunchbox recipe from Rajani's rich cookbook collection.
Lentil Ball Gravy
"It's my younger brother’s favorite and amma used to make this often for him. If we were both kids, I would have said 'Amma! He is taking all the lentil balls. He is not leaving any for me!'"
Masala Vada (aka Parippu Vada)
"The minute you say parippu vada, my mind pictures the roadside chayakkada (tea stall) with people sitting on wooden benches and eating the vada, holding tea in the other hand and sharing the day’s gossip."
A comforting dish for times when Mother Nature rages outside
Freya of the Vegan Kitchen Table prepared Black Bean Soup
"When ready it resembled crude oil, studded with tiny, shiny pieces of obsidian. A most beautiful soup, made even more stunning with a sprinkling of spring onion, coriander and sour cream."
Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook prepared Deep-Fried Lupini Beans with Rosemary
"Although this recipe works with nearly any seed legume, the uniquely briny bite of lupini beans holds its own against a sprinkling of equally potent dried rosemary."
Simona of briciole, your host for this edition, shared zimino di fagioli / Bean, Mushroom and Chard Soup — "When I am upset,... I tend to cook dishes that are comforting to me, something hot and with lots of vegetables, often a soup. The recipe I am presenting here is a classic example."
And now the announcement of the winner of Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference by Becky Sue Epstein and the winner of a Hurst Bean Box (a case of six bags of the winner's choice of Hurst Bean products). The random integer generator gave me the number 9. The 9th name in the list of participants to submit an entry (minus the host, her family and personal friends, and the organizer) was Jiya Jesh of BlogExplore. Jiya being a resident of India, per the rules explained in the announcement, I used the random number generator again for the US residents and the program gave me the number 4. The 4th name in the list of participants who are US residents is Lynne of Cafe Lynnylu . Congratulations to Jiya and Lynne!
Thank you so much to all who participated and made this edition of MLLA a success!
I believe all the submissions I have received are presented in the roundup. However, mishaps are part of life, so if you find anything missing or in need of amendment anywhere in the roundup, please do let me know.
A beautiful set of legume-centered dishes awaits you. I am sure that you'll be inspired by the recipes presented. Sukanya of Saffron Streaks is hosting My Legume Love Affair #54 and will be happy to receive your contribution(s) to the event. The deadline for submitting your legume dish is December 31. You can always find out who is hosting on this page.
What a beautiful round up Simona! I love the way you have showcased them, saying something about each of these entries :)
Posted by: Rajani | December 03, 2012 at 09:22 AM
What a lovely, tasty, colorful and interesting round up!
Congrats to the winners, and thank you for hosting us.
Posted by: brii | December 03, 2012 at 09:29 AM
Lovely round-up... bean-centric meals are more common in my kitchen now that the weather is turning cooler. Lots of great ideas here!
Posted by: janet @ the taste space | December 03, 2012 at 09:39 AM
It's great to see many legume-based soups and stews, just in time for the cold weather here. Thanks for the round up.
Posted by: tigerfish | December 03, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Thanks so much to all of you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the roundup. It was a great pleasure to read your contributions.
Posted by: Simona Carini | December 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM
thank you so much for hosting, dear Simona, great recap with so much color and taste! :-)
Posted by: cinzia | December 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Passo a salutarti per ringraziarti ancora e sempre per il bellissimo viaggio che abbiamo fatto assieme e per ricordarti che non sarebbe stato lo stesso senza di te! Un riassunto di tutto il viaggio si trova qui: http://muvara.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/tutti-i-numeri-dellabbecedario.html...ma già lo sai :-)
Posted by: Aiuolik | December 03, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I don't think I've ever seen so many wonderful legume dishes! Gorgeous photos, too! I'm pleased I won! I hardly ever win anything! Congratulations to Jiya on winning the cookbook. Thanks for hosting this superb roundup!
Posted by: Lynne | December 03, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I want to make all of these!
Posted by: Cathy | December 03, 2012 at 02:34 PM
You are welcome, Cinzia.
Ciao Aiu' e grazie della visita. Magari l'economia avesse questi bei numeri ;)
Hi Lynne: congratulations! Not bad for your first time. You'll get a nice stash of legume for many more MLLA posts ;)
I am glad you like them all, Cathy.
Posted by: Simona Carini | December 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
lovely roundup Simona and thanks for hosting! so many legume dishes with amazing photos. this is the first time i'm winning something since i started my food blog and is a lovely surprise. thanks Lynne and congratulations!
Posted by: Jiya Jesh | December 04, 2012 at 04:22 AM
thank you Simona for the excellent work in this roundup! I bookmarked most of the recipe, too good not to try soon!
Posted by: My Italian Smörgåsbord | December 04, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Thanks Jiya and Barbara!
Posted by: Simona Carini | December 05, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I'm up well before dawn, pondering a bit of breakfast...and I land here. Granted my eyes are bigger than my empty stomach, but everything looks so darned good that I'd like to try everything as a buffet. : }
Thank you very much, Simona, for hosting.
Posted by: Susan | December 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
A beautiful roundup! Everything looks ever so scrumptious.
Posted by: Rosa | December 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
I see what you mean, Susan. I am waiting for the day when we are able to do an actual buffet with our roundups. You are more than welcome: as usual, it was a pleasure.
Posted by: Simona Carini | December 13, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Thanks so much for including me in with this esteemed group of bean-lovers!
Posted by: diary of a tomato | December 19, 2012 at 08:43 AM
You are welcome, Debra. Thanks for joining us for the event.
Posted by: Simona Carini | December 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM