Black Bean Stirfry VegetablesMonday, September 27, 2010
Food painting artwork30 x 30cm ink on paper. The paper is no ordinary paper, it is textured Hahnemuhle 300 gsm 100% alpha cellulose which is acid-free fibre of vegetable origin.
Salted soybeans, not black turtle beans are the beans in black bean sauce. Try as I might I just couldn't find any Chinese art or stories in praise of the soybean. This seems somewhat odd to me as I did find that this sauce goes back at least to the Han Dynasty, which is the BC years. Although the soybean is a staple food in China, I guess it's not considered auspicious enough to become the subject of any charms, amulets or paintings. In fact, I had to search under the Japanese name of edamame to find any useful images of the plant at all.