Black Friday isn’t what it used to be.
It’s not out of sadness or nostalgia that I say this, but with a deep feeling of relief. The holiday sales will continue to be a thing of the past, with everything from lawnmowers and lingerie being sold. But the focus on a single big shopping day is now spread out to include the whole period from Thanksgiving to Christmas. The doorbusters are now digital, and shipping is always free. Why would anyone want to get up at dawn in order to battle the crowds? This tradition that was always questioned from the beginning is now obsolete. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to redefine Black Friday.
Black Beans are the antidote to Black Friday’s typical excess. Decidedly unglamorous, unassuming, and unpretentious, black beans won’t force you out of bed early or judge you for the previously night’s debauchery. The braised black bean, simmered with coconut milk, aromatics and velvety smoothness, is a different kind of richness.
While I was looking through the pantry, I found a combination of Southeast Asian staples that stood out among the usual autumnal herbs and spice. The floral, fragrant notes of makrut leaves and lemongrass are accentuated by ginger and jalapeno. The…