Black beans

Gluten Free. Dairy Free. Makes 2 generous cups

Black turtle beans, pinto or borlotti are all freely interchangeable, and are a great option for many dishes.

1 cup raw black, pinto or borlotti bean, soaked overnight in 10 cups water, drained and well rinsed
1 x 5 cm strip kombu sea vegetable

Add the beans and kombu to a large pot with enough water to cover them by 10cm. Simmer over a medium heat for 1 ½ hours, or until the beans give easily and show a creamy texture when pressed on a board, and no hard, pebbly bits of starch remain. The beans are now ready to use. If freezing, include some of the cooking liquid.