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A few years ago, I bought some Orca beans from the CSA in Wenatchee, WA.  Then they just sat in my pantry…

Finally I decided to use them.  When they cooked up, the water turned black and the beans turned brown!  I found out that Orca beans are an heirloom variety from Mexico, rare in the U.S.  (No wonder they remind me of pinto beans).

Purcell Mountain Farms’ website has a fascinating, long list of beans for purchase.  There are some really interesting names on that list!  Eye of the Goat Beans, Marrow Beans, Tongues of Fire Beans…these sound exactly like what a vegan witch would add to her cauldron of animal-free stew.  Ah, the abundance!  (Where do you get your protein?)

I didn’t make soup or stew.  I decided to make up a triple batch of hummus using my Orca beans instead of garbanzo beans.  Two cups dry beans yielded about 3 pints cooked.

To make 1 batch of hummus, puree:

1 pint cooked beans
Juice of 1 lemon
2 T tahini (sesame butter)
1 T olive oil
2 minced cloves garlic
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t coriander
1/4 t turmeric
1-2 T water (if needed to thin)

Portion and freeze in 1/2 to 1 cup canning jars.
Don’t let your freezer run out of hummus!

Orange Spelt Scones with Raspberry Pomegranate Jam

Dry Ingredients:
2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C spelt flour
4 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t salt

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 C non-dairy milk (I used homemade rice/Brazil nut)
1/2 C fresh-squeezed orange juice (approximately 1 juicy Valencia)
1/3 C agave nectar
1 t vanilla extract
Zest of 2 lemons and 2 oranges

Fat Source:
6 T coconut oil, cold (portion out 1 T measurements onto parchment and refrigerate until cold/solid)

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut the coconut oil into the mix with a pastry cutter.  Add the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.

Turn out onto a floured surface.  Pour a teaspoon of olive oil in your clean palms and lightly knead the dough to form a uniformly thick circle.  With a pastry cutter, divide into 12 wedges.

Bake at 375 degrees on a Silpat liner (if you have one) for 15 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.  Serve with jam.

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