if you've been following me for long, you will know that i have a secret and unabashed love of broad beans (to see that post go here.) and it is with that same adoration that i return to one of my favorite foods ...
there are many people who think that the effort you have to go to in order to eat them just isn't worth it. to these i say tsk! tsk! the taste IS worth the effort! from mixing this joyous bounty through mash or having them in a wilted spinach salad they are divine! or my favourite way to enjoy this food gift .... cooked and mashed, slathered on a slice of crusty toasted bread with a poached egg and a few lashings of Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil! yummo!
so imagine my absolute delight when i went to do my fruit and veg shopping on saturday (new habit: going to the kyogle farmers market .... what a treat! small but wonderful!). there was a gentlemen there selling MOUNTAINS of broad beans! woohoo! the past two weeks i have purchased a kilo and loved every minute of it! i love the imperfections, the time it takes to peal the beans .... and then after they have been steamed popping them out of their casings is just another amazing way to taste them with your eyes and senses before eating. yup! i was a happy camper.
and i had a loverly conversation with this farmer about when the season is for them up here and he said you plant them in march! yippee! so rather than july .... i get to start enjoying them earlier in the year! how cool!
.... and yes .... i have taken about 20 of the plumpest, fattest beans and put them aside to dry out and plant them next season. <g>