Cooking Aduki Beans for a Healthy Salad Bowl.
I had never heard of an aduki bean until I was living in my first apartment on Jane Street in the West Village. It was the year of the movie, Last Tango in Paris, 1972. How I came to live on Jane Street and eventually discover that tiny red bean called an aduki, is a bit of a tale. I had graduated college in 1971, and my parents certainly did not want me living at home anymore. My mother and I always had a tempestuous relationship, characterized by a lot of slamming doors on my part during our frequent fights. Ironically, I was to become my mother’s caretaker in the years after my father died. She became dependent and ultimately alzheimer’s took her mind. Taking care of her in those end years, I learned how to love her in a way I never had….