Broad Bean Bruschetta

fava beans

The broad beans I planted out in November have been ready for picking for over a week, I love picking young pods and eating the small beans while working in the kitchen garden so not many make it to the kitchen at first.

fava beans

I gathered some pods today to make a really simple lunch time bruschetta, it was so scrummy and easy to make.

I just taste as I go so I don’t really measure anything.

Pod broad beans and add to a pan of boiling water for no more than 2 minutes.

Drain then remove and discard outer skins to reveal the beautiful green bean inside.

Add a dash of olive oil and mash the beans with a fork or puree with a hand blender, entirely up to you.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of salt to taste.

Toast bread (I use Italian toasting bread) on both sides and rub one side with a garlic clove, pile the bean mix on top.

Enjoy!

Roast Autumn Veg with Beans

A very simple and tasty seasonal dish, bringing the usual autumnal vegetables together. I used a late bloomer courgette in this recipe, it was given the perfect send off being included in this dish. Use as a side or perfect for a warming bowl of sweet, earthy autumnal goodness.

Serves 4

4 red onions, outer skin removed and sliced into quarters

1 or 2 courgettes (optional), sliced

5 medium-sized carrots, scrubbed and chopped into small chunks

2 beetroot, chopped into small chunks

1 winter squash, chopped into large chunks

Dried runner beans, large handful, soaked overnight.

Sea salt

1 tbsp rape seed oil (olive oil if preferred)

Add the soaked runner beans to a pan of boiling water, turn the heat down and simmer for approximately 1 hour, keep checking beans for softness using a fork and top up pan with extra water if the level falls too low. Drain, cover and put aside.

Add the prepared onions, carrots, courgette, squash and beetroot to a roasting dish, drizzle with oil and place in a hot preheated oven. Roast for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the onion has begun to caramelise.

Mix together with the cooked beans, add a sprinkling of sea salt and serve.