My boss has some fun with us at Christmas, she does "a twelve days of Christmas" event as our Christmas gift. It's lots of fun, it sure makes December a fun month at work. Donna and I receive a gift, go to lunch, take an hour at Starbucks, play a light hearted game together of dominoes or cards with the three of us and no phones for an hour, create something crafty and festive, or sometimes it's a scavenger hunt to find a gift. The scavenger hunts are fun, she goes to quite a bit of work sometimes coming up with her clever clues. It might catch on too, others in the building have fun watching us wander around the building hunting for the next clue. Sometimes she involves them in the game. My husband likes it too, he looks forward to finding out what we did each day. She also gives most useful gifts. One of our days' gifts this year was a basket with three different kinds of beans and spices. I'll get at least eight to twelve meals out of those beans.
Of the three varieties of beans were "Christmas Lima." I'd not heard of these before and the description sound good, "A savory flavor with hints of chestnuts."
Christmas Limas (Phaseolus Limensis) are related to the lima bean, similar to the giant Peruvian Lima but plumper. This is a large bean with a maroon pattern over a creamy background. The Christmas Lima may be referred to as a speckled lima or butter bean in addition to a calico bean.
I set them to soak Friday night and Saturday morning I cooked them with filtered water, salt, a diced onion, and a couple carrots. i wanted to cook them very simply so I could taste the flavor of the bean. It's a very flavorful bean with a nice texture and doubles in size.
While they were simmering I searched for a recipe. It didn't take long to find one and I was pleased to find I had all the ingredients handy.
|Christmas Lima Beans and Quinoa|