My (kind-of-good-looking) brother and his gorgeous wife are in Hawaii this week, taking a break from the daily grind, golfing, walking on the beach, ziplining above verdant forests, and diving off of cliffs into warm pools of water. You know, just every day Hawaii kind of stuff.
I'm not jealous.
No, really, I'm not. Not a little bit.
OK! So maybe I am just a little. And while I'm being jealous, I'll go ahead and say that I'm a little peeved at that particular sister-in-law. She said I could go with her in her suitcase and when I texted her to say that I would take her up on it, she never answered me! After all the 'stress' in my life recently, she ignores me and flies off into the sunset without me. That's NOT what I call Sisterly Love!
So while they are off wearing shorts and sundresses, I've been tuning in to anything remotely Hawaiian and was so lucky to come across this recipe for edamame … fresh soybeans in the pod. I don't speak Japanese, but I think it's pronounced something like ee-duh-mah'-mee. I stand to be corrected, I'm sure!
We've eaten edamame for a long time, just boiled till tender, then sprinkled with flake salt. Down the hatch! So good and so good for you.
Earlier this year, we were invited to help our friends celebrate their daughter's 21st birthday. One of the gals who came to the party brought edamame, sautéed and topped with some crazy spicy stuff. I was intrigued because I had no idea that edamame were ever eaten any way other than boiled and with salt! She said they had eaten them like that in Hawaii.
Fast forward to this week when I was stumbling around the internet and found this recipe and the suggestion that they can be eaten while sitting beachside in Hawaii! I don't know if that's true (because my sister-in-law didn't pack me in her suitcase and I've never been otherwise), but I do know that if you finely grate fresh ginger and garlic …
…saute edamames in sesame oil …
… throw in some sugar, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and pepper flakes …
… that you'll end up with one HECK of a superb concoction that you'll not want to share with anyone else!
That IS a lot of pepper flakes, but trust me, unless you are an extremely light-weight, you won't be sorry that you used the full teaspoon-full. So delicious.
I wish I had a photo of someone eating these dang things. They can make a mess, but if you hold them by one end and put them into your mouth still holding the end, squeeze the beans out of the pod with your teeth, you'll get the sauce off the pod and the beans from inside all in one wonderful mouthful of yumminess. (Discard the pod! –or eat it … I'm sure it's full of wonderful fiber! Ha.)
At the end of the day, Erin may be in Hawaii, but I have the good food here! She only wishes she had come to WA State!