Thursday, September 15, 2005
Faithful readers may remember that I don't eat beans. In general. The only beans I can stand are fava beans, and those are not generally easy to find around here. In fact, I make my parents bring me frozen ones from Spain. But, the other day when me and Per went back to Rosendals Gardens, I bought a bunch of fresh fava beans. I just thought I'd show you what they look like. The above picture is before any kind of shelling, and this one is after the first shelling.
In retrospect, I should have left them at this. Instead, I removed the tough inner shell too, exposing the bright green kidney-shaped bean. And then I boiled them briefly in salted water. Sadly, some of them turned to mush. Next time, I think I'll leave them like this. Prettier, too.
Got a hankering for something to do with beans like this? I have two recipes I like a lot - Four Cheese Linguini with Fava beans and Gorgonzola Risotto with peas, mushrooms and fava beans. (Even though I did call them broad beans in that post. Same beans.)
I'll leave you for a while on this note - I'm going to Spain tomorrow, on our slightly-late honeymoon! I'll try to do a post for SHF tonight - custards, mmm! - but after that, my blogsitter Lena will take care of you. I have a couple of saved up posts that she'll make magically appear here, so I hope you won't miss me too much. (Ha, ha.) I'll be back soon, with (hopefully) wonderful stories of all the great Spanish food I'm planning on having!