Nov 20

Time Is Of The Essence

Tag: food & drinkDonna B. @ 1:37 am

Time is also an essence. I think this is particularly true of cooking beans.

Why do beans seem to taste better when cooked one day and reheated the next? Because the essence of the bean and the essence of the juice and seasoningĀ it is cooked in have then melded into a whole which is better than either was the day before.

The essence of time may not have a flavor of its own, but it is required to allow other flavors to grow and mature.

4 Responses to “Time Is Of The Essence”

  1. talina says:

    Very true, on so many levels.

  2. Donna B. says:

    Yep, and I can’t believe my brother hasn’t popped in to comment on one of the baser levels :-)

  3. Assistant Village Idiot says:

    Pease porridge hot
    Pease porridge cold
    Pease porridge in the pot
    Nine days old
    etc.
    In colonial New England, peas were beans.

  4. Donna B. says:

    Haricot — or that which makes a poor man’s belly swell.