SOS Adzuki Beans: Adzuki Spread

If you are (or were) an English major in university–or even if you know someone who studied English–you are probably familiar with one of the most common themes in literature, “appearance versus reality.”  You know the one: it’s the notion that things are not always what they seem to be on the surface, and the way we appear is not always the reality.  To wit:

Macbeth.  Appearance: Nobleman kills King at wife’s behest, then usurps power and lives a life of riley with wife. Reality: Wife goes slowly crazy with guilt about said murder.  And all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten her little hand.

The Matrix. Appearance: Cool dude in shades is tracked relentlessly by deadly, humorless government agents, ostensibly in possession of superpowers.  Reality:  Unlike the other zillions of human USB ports linked up to a giant computer, this dude is The One.

Charlie Sheen. Appearance: Narcissistic star of mediocre comedy show garners too much success and implodes in waves of cocaine, prostitutes, goddesses, Tiger Blood and zingy retro one-liners.  Reality: Very astute marketing ploy.

You see what I mean.

In my case, when it comes to meeting people for the first time, appearances may belie the reality. My outward demeanor may be someone who is comfortable–nay, aloof, even–in social situations, when the reality is that I’m stammering and sweating and feeling entirely “highschool reject” inside.  As a result, it can take me a very long time to forge real friendships with people since, as a rule, I say very little for the first oh, five years or so.  (Real life example:  I worked as a volunteer for my friend Eternal Optimist for five years before I called it quits.  If she hadn’t invited me to join her book club, which led to socializing together, which led to a real friendship, we would likely never have spoken again).

Sure, I have made friends with people in a more spontaneous way.  When I first encountered my friend Sterlin, for example, it was as if we’d known each other for years.  We just had so much in common:  both bookworms, both nerds, both yearning for a boyfriend and both in the possession of a wacky sense of humor.  It was soul sisters from the first crazy conversation.  More often, though, it takes me weeks, months, or years before I establsh true friendships.

And this is why I love blogging so much:  you are in regular contact with a core group of people, many with whom you exchange daily or near-daily emails, comments, tweets, Facebook messages, etc.  And since I’ve always been more comfortable with the written versus the spoken word, this situation suits me just fine.

It’s also why I was so delighted the first time I spoke with Kim, my cohost in these monthly SOS Kitchen Challenge events.  You’ve seen Kim’s blog, haven’t you?  It’s full of creative, mouthwatering recipes that you can’t believe she made without any of the ingredients in her “restricted” lists–the list may be lengthy, but that hasn’t stopped Kim from cooking up Grain Free Double Chocolate Cookies, Jicama Collard Slaw with Creamy Dressing, Cashew Pumpkinseed “Cheese,” Cherry Berry Chocolate Layer Cake, or Smoky Dandelion Greens with Spinach and Pine Nuts.

Yes, Kim is a force to be reckoned with! Her bubbly optimism and consistent good nature come across in every blog post.  And the first time we spoke on the phone, I felt as if I were talking to a dear friend, or my old roomie from college, or my younger cousin.  We chatted easily for almost an hour, sharing information, ideas, food stories, health tips, anecdotes, our blog vision, and more.  When we began to plan the SOS Challenge as a joint venture, I knew we were on the same wavelength and didn’t hesitate to jump right in.

Given our similar diets and our affinity for many of the same foods, it made perfect sense that Kim and I would come up with matching recipes as our “savory” installments this month–without having discussed it first!  Kim recently posted her adzuki dip and today I’m adding this adzuki sandwich spread to the list.  Yes, the recipes are a little different from each other (mine is a bit thicker, and Kim’s adds a bit more spice), but otherwise they appear to be two sides of the same bean.

Just remember, though, that’s only the appearance of things.  The reality is that each recipe offers a protein-packed, nutrient-dense and delectable spread for appetizers, sandwiches or wraps.  In other words, you should try them both out! 🙂

And also. . . .

New Recipe on the DDD Facebook Page!

As I’ve mentioned before, I will occasionally post recipes (as “Notes”) on the Diet, Dessert and Dogs Facebook page.  These are often really quick recipes that would otherwise be lost if I waited to write up an entire blog post about them–so I just add a brief note to the fan page and you can access them there.  A few days ago, I added this quick and easy soup for a fast and delicious weeknight dinner. The HH and I both loved this Squash and Pecan Soup.

And now, on to the adzuki spread!


Last Year at this Time: “Cheese” Filled, Gluten Free Olive and Onion Bread

Two Years Ago: blog break. . .

Three Years Ago: Ths Iz Not a Blg Entree (Elsie shows her genius at the computer).

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  1. This looks great! And what is so eery is that I made a doppelganger Adzuki Bean Dip just last week, with sesame seeds, sesame oil, green onion, miso, etc. Seriously, it is almost identical, and I’ve never even heard of that cookbook before! I guess great minds think alike?

  2. OH! I just read this post in deep detail – to be honest, when I opened it I scanned immediately to the recipe and was so surprised I had to comment right away, and did so without reading the whole thing! Then I scanned back up to the top to read the post. And immediately, my heart swelled! Ricki, you are so sweet! I feel the same way about you, truly, and look forward to our regular communication so much. I can’t wait until the day we can actually share a meal together, rather than sharing food through cyberspace. And yes, it would figure we both create the same dip. THanks for sharing such warm comments about me and my blog. You are a dear friend, a modern day penpal and soulsister that I hold close to my heart.

  3. Love this recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. I completely agree with you, Ricki, that it is incredible how one can connect over the blogosphere with like-minded souls. I told someone at work that I had a food blog “well, I take pictures of my food and post it online” – it just didn’t seem to convey how awesome food blogging really is. You don’t know until you try it. 😉

    This looks like an interesting twist on hummus, Asian-style! I can’t wait to share my adzuki bean soup. 🙂

    • Looking forward to the soup! And yes, I think it’s difficult for anyone who doesn’t blog to comprehend how it works and how the connections here are just as solid as those in the “non-virtual” world. 😉

  5. Oh yummy, this is my kind of spread. I’ve always loved the rich taste of adzuki beans.

  6. How brilliant; I’ve never had adzuki beans in savoury form before (that I’m aware of, anyway). I’ve been eating far too many sweets lately… something rich in umami like this spread is just the ticket 🙂

    • Funny, I would have suspected that most people wouldn’t have tasted sweet adzukis! But yes, the umami does come through and it tastes delicious. 🙂

  7. Yes, I know. I need a bag of those adzuki beans. Then I am going to eat the spread while reading Macbeth and not watching Two and a Half Men.

  8. Miso and sesame and adzukis, a great combo. Eager to try this.

  9. Ahh this looks so good, I love adzuki beans! I’ll have to try this soon.

  10. I am just the same with friendships – and funnily enough can be the same with blogs – some blogs I initially looked at as not being the sort of thing I was interested in are now some of the blogs I love the most – others like yours I just connected with so effortlessly from the start!

    and the spread looks great – I am having some adzuki bean issues so might try this to see if they are cooking up ok (some I tried last week didn’t seem to soften)

    and I hope you might have remembered to take some of this dip and crackers on the plane to see your dad – take care!

  11. Great, great spread! Just my sort of food, too — you know how I love my mushy bean dips 🙂

  12. Made this yesterday – and yum! I’m looking forward to enjoying it today with some Mary’s Gone Crackers. It comes together really quickly – especially since I’ve just acquired a pressure cooker and can now produce perfectly cooked beans in no time!

  13. I’m usually not a big fan of adzuki beans but this spread you made looks really yummy! I love the bits of green onion and sesame seeds in there.


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