Broad beans are a popular summer staple here in Britain, so it’s no surprise they’ve made regular appearances in our weekly veg box from Riverford Organic Veg. I have little experience with these podded beasts, so last night I decided to take the plunge and try a broad bean soup off of the Riverford website.
The recipe appealed for both its inclusion of mint and its short list of ingredients. However, what it lacked in complication it made up for in prep time. The soup itself was a cinch, but podding the beans and then removing their tough outer skins was a beast. It’s definitely an exercise to be completed over a good podcast (or better yet, with the help of a few friends).
How to de-skin broad beans:
- Pod the beans.
- Cook them in boiling water for 1 minute.
- Plunge them into cold water, to cool them.
- Make a nick in the top of each bean, with your thumb nail.
- Gently squeeze the bright green bean out of the skin.
Fiddly, but worth it. The soup was fab, and everything (except for the mint) was made with ingredients from the box. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the recipe, and enjoy a bit of food porn along the way…
Food and Exercise Log | Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday’s log is a bit “light” on the exercise part, thanks to a deluge of rain that made me more inclined to nap rather than walk. I hid inside for the most part, and with the exception of a couple skipping sessions in the home office, took it pretty easy.
About 10 minutes of skipping following “The Jump Rope” FIT workout at the Monkey Bar Gym.
Lentils and Greens with Tomato-Basil Garnish and Quinoa
The “greens and beans” are another winning combo from Mark Bittman’s How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. Check out the recipe on Google Books: Beans and Greens .
Another 10 minutes of skipping following “The Jump Rope” FIT workout at the Monkey Bar Gym.
Broad Bean and Mint Soup
500g (1lb) shelled broad beans
2 small onions
2 tbsp oil
1 litre (2 pts) vegetable stock
2 tbsp fresh mint
salt & pepper
- Peel and chop the onions and carrots and saute in hot oil for 10-15 minutes
- Stir in the broad beans and stock, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in the chopped mint, transfer to a liquidiser and blend until smooth.