Stir-Fried Black Bean Sprouts


Happy September! I have a feeling this month will be filled with blessings because I am happy to announce that we made and ate overly grown bean sprouts (insert a hundred exclamation marks). In fact they weren’t bean sprouts at all. They were actual plants that had sprung up from the ground. Thinking back I realize the insanity of it all. If I told a random person this, they would be absolutely surprised, would not believe me at all or would think there is something missing in my head. That is why I wanted to blog about it first because this is what this blog is about! It all started when we were overly hyped to plant beans because, well, it is planting season in some parts of the country and we wanted to feel that ecstatic moment of harvesting fresh beans…again. So we got planting with absolutely no clue on how to space the beans. The information we got from one source was wrong although at the time, we didn’t know that. We planted and half way through, beautiful bean plants started sprouting from the ground and we were excited (because I have tried planting many things but a few have actually gotten out of the ground). As we were basking in the glory of being planters (is this a word?), someone with a history of planting told us “those beans will not grow! They are too close to each other!” You can imagine the disappointment we felt. We did as advised and uprooted the excess little plants with heavy hearts. They were so young,  and so tender and we wondered if they could be edible because we could not imagine throwing them away. Our Dad said there is no way those grown beans would be edible. Either they would be bitter or poisonous. We gave up. In the meantime, we put then in a container with water and then next day, the conviction to cook these bean sprouts and eat them was even stronger because we just couldn’t see them going to waste. And we did without looking back.  OK it was mostly my sister who, by the way, makes great stir-fries. Amazing is an understatement because we made these stir-fried bean sprouts three times in a row. We are even contemplating the idea of just planting beans only to uproot them five days later just for cooking. Sounds legit? It is moments like this that make food experimenting fun and fulfilling. I have asked her to share the recipe with us all.

What you will need:

4 handfuls of bean sprouts

1 Large onion, finely sliced (lengthwise)

2 Carrots, thinly sliced (lengthwise)

1 Tsp. Finely chopped ginger

2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. Vinegar

3 Tbsp. Water

1 Tsp. Sugar


1 Tsp. Salt

Roasted simsim (sesame) for garnish


Clean the bean sprouts in cold water to get rid of the dirt and tiny stones. Remove the roots and the cotyledons (the beans on the sides) and set aside.

For the sweet sauce:

Put a pan on fire, wait for it to become hot. Put the sugar in the pan. Wait for it to become a light brown. Pour 3 tablespoons of water and let the browned sugar dissolve. Remove from fire immediately and pour she sauce in a small bowl.

In the same pan, on high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil and wait for it to become really hot. Add garlic and ginger  and onions and just before they become brown, add half of the sweet sauce which will change the color of the onions. Add the salt and carrots and stir constantly. Add the vinegar and keep stirring.  Next add the bean sprouts and keep stirring till  they become a bright green color and make sure the heat is evenly distributed so they can cook. Get the rest of the sweet sauce and keep adding bit by bit till it is finished while stirring. Once the sweet sauce  is dissolved in the pan, remove it from fire. This will take 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve hot. They go well with rice.

The sprouts and carrots should have a crunchy bite to them but at the same time still retain all the flavor from the garlic, ginger, vinegar, salt and sugar.
In as much as we were excited to plant beans, the disappointment ended up being a fun discovery.

What fun thing have you discovered lately?




Creative Blogger Award

CBAA few weeks ago, I was nominated for the Creative Blogger Award by sweet blogger pal Erin of Erin Eats Everything. I am so honored to be nominated especially since last Thursday, the second, marked three solid years of writing here, sharing my love for cooking, being in the kitchen and a part of my life experiences. This blog would not be what it is without my Heavenly Father and you loyal readers and for that I am grateful.So, to keep the chain going, I will be following the instructions and hope you do the same if nominated.
1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you (mention your nominator in your own award post with a link back to their original award post, which would be this one).
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know.

Here are 7 things to know about me:
1. I prefer savory salty food over sweets and more than often, you will find me eating, and preparing the former more than the latter.
2. I am an introvert.
3. After high school, I was torn among taking music, literature and going to culinary school. Funny thing is I never took any of them.
4. I love reading books as equally as I love writing. These two keep me sane. Plus cooking.
5. Speaking of cooking, I love cooking and coming up with random combinations thus celebrating fusion cuisine here on the blog.
6. I love the energy and brightness that comes with sunrises
7. Now that I food blog, I love the fact that our food culture is so varied and rich with history, art and flavor.

I would like to nominate some other blogs that I enjoy reading in no particular order.
Onyait Odeke has a way with words that motivate and keep you reading till the end.
All Tim Ate is a wonderful visual of mouth-watering foods.
Its Maya Bee is so beautiful and has great fashion sense
Let It Come From Your Heart is an inspiration to all with dreamy images and quotes.
Chocolaty Prints is a delight to read and Karen always has something interesting to tell plus great images.

Sareta’s Kitchen that is full of wonderful recipes I would love to try.



A Harvest Story + Fresh Bean Soup

I was somewhere around 9 years and we had a garden…gardens. If you are Ugandan, you know that almost all homes have two (…or more) gardens. The backyard garden which is mainly used to grow simple foods like vegetables, herbs, and some two or four maize plants thrown in. One or two overgrown pumpkin vines snaking their way around a handful of scattered bean plants. They are small but enough.

Then there is the large garden or farm or a shamba if you may. One that is used to grow plants at a larger scale where there is almost a half to an acre (or more) of beautiful maize plants basking in the sunshine and fully radiant. Under the shade of those maize plants will be different kinds of beans growing and thriving at that. A farm so large that either the whole family(from parents to toddlers) spends endless days weeding then harvesting when it is time or where extra hands in addition to the whole family are hired to help out.

It is times like these that are still vivid in my mind. The harvest. Where we woke early, took heavy breakfast and got down to harvesting beans among many other foods. It was (and still is) hard work, but what makes it all worth it is the final aroma of boiling fresh beans. After they have been uprooted, picked from their branches and shelled, we would put a large pot of these beans on fire. There is something magical about eating food straight from the garden and when my cousin shared her first harvest with us, we were so excited beyond words.

Although it is not officially harvest season, people have started harvesting and it is wonderful. One thing with fresh food is that it does not require a ton of condiments. By simply boiling fresh beans with onions, tomatoes and some salt, you will have the most fragrant, delicious and healthy soup in no time.