November 3, 2012

Young broads...


There's so much to love about spring - the longer days, the blossoms that promise summer fruits and, of course, the veritable bounty of fresh produce suddenly appearing at market stalls. Among those that I look forward to most are asparagus and broad beans, and while I've tried the ever-delicious broadies in almost every guise, I've never in fact eaten them whole.


Young broad beans are something you just don't ever see, and with most of my springtime feasting being sourced from the generous gardens of S&R I can certainly appreciate the unwillingness to sacrifice a crop early when there's the potential for so much more. But as luck would have it, a recent discussion between S&R and their equally green-thumbed neighbours revealed two very important things: (i) they were also growing broad beans this year; and (ii) they don't like them. It was a rotation crop that was destined to be turned over while the plants were still young, and so with a quick 'yes please' and 'thank you' away we went...

Sticking with some time-honoured combinations I made a variation on Stephanie's andalusian broad beans, substituting almonds for breadcrumbs, bacon for ham, and parsley for what herbs were at hand.


After a slow braise in the oven they emerged tender and delicious, and produced an interesting variation on flavour from their older counterparts. A fabulous addition to the accompaniment repertoire they're definitely something worth trying if you manage to track yourself down some young 'uns...


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Emily [young broad], that's a gorgeous story. My mother in law always grows them and Robin loved them even though he was not a vegie eater. Unfortunately my husband hates them so I don't grow them. It sounds like the story of last year's winter green crop to add nitrogen to the soil. Husband nagged me to sow one so I did but no one ever dug it in when young so I ended up with a knee high crop of nothing that had to be weeded out. This year I did it again and the swamp rats and crested pigeons ate all the seeds before they sprouted!
From anon [old broad].

Georgie said...

please please please quit your job and open a restaurant. preferably near me. preferably in my kitchen :)