Friday, May 28, 2010

Adventures with Fava Beans

Thank you everyone for your fava bean suggestions a few weeks ago.



From doing some research online and reading your comments, I learned pretty quickly that the one thing that is essential when cooking fava beans is that they have to be peeled twice.

First, I took the beans out of the pods.






There aren’t many beans compared to the pods…



I cooked the beans in salt water for about 6-7 minutes. That was a bit too long and the beans turned out a bit softer than they should have been…

Here are the cooked beans.



And then they got peeled again. I love how green they are!



Here are the peeled beans. I had planned on sautéing them, but since they were so soft, I decided to simply dress them with some lemon olive oil (a recent Farmers’ Market splurge)… The lemon olive oil is quite strong and overpowered the taste of the beans a bit, but since we love the taste of lemon, we enjoyed the dish.




As I mentioned, we enjoyed the beans, and it was fun to experiment with a new food. But preparing the beans was quite a bit of work for not very much end product…


Questions: What is the last new food item you prepared/ate? What are your plans for the long weekend? I’m taking a girlfriend out for her birthday but other than that, we’ll just relax… :-)

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. wow, I didn't know you have to peel them twice -thanks for sharing! I just cooked with cabbage and pea sprouts for the first time (I posted about them today for lettuce wraps!)

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  2. Artichokes. I haven't prepared them before and found a site that said to cut off the stem and about an inch off the top and roast each in its own foil pack with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt poured over the top and between the "petals". They were wonderful so I ordered three more from my farm delivery and just got them today. Can't wait to have them again.

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  3. An easy way to make fava beans is to grill them in the pod until the pod is charred a bit and then pour on a bit of olive oil and sprinkle on some sea salt and let everyone peel their own. The taste is enhanced with the olive oil and salt that sticks to your fingers.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this. I don't think I would have known about peeling twice, but my step dad's mom makes them so she would have told me if I asked what to do. It does look like some work to get them prepared, but I think I will give them a try. The last new thing I made was just an old food with a new twist. I made tofu marinated in balsamic and olive mustard, then tossed with sauteed veggies and quinoa. Will have pics up soon on my blog.

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  5. yes it does appear that fava beans would take a while to prep. maybe you can get your kids to help!!!

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  6. They're so pretty! How was the taste? Was it worth all the work if you subtracted the lemon and olive oil?

    Something new....hmmm....I'm trying a new label of wine tonight, does that count? ;)

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

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  7. Yum those look great. Does seem like a lot of work though. Hmm the last new veggie I ate was asparagus. It's my new favorite veggie. :)

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  8. It's true -- favas are more work than your average vegetable. But I can't resist them. They only come around for a short spell in spring, so they're worth the extra prep time even if I'm cursing the whole time I'm peeling. ;)

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  9. What a simple and delicious sounding dish! You can do so much with a little oil and acid, right?! Great idea, and thanks for the tutorial.

    Have a fabulous long weekend Andrea!

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  10. I never knew that fava beans had to be peeled twice! Thanks for that tidbit! I haven't tried anything new lately. Maybe I should get on that! Have a great long weekend.

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  11. I've never dealt with fresh fava beans before. Thanks for the vivid tutorial! I didn't know you could eat them raw like that, too! sounds absolutely fresh and healthy!

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  12. I've never dealt with them either! Thanks for the pics/how to!! The last thing I prepared/ate was a mini greek salad!

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  13. have fun with your gf and her bday..how fun!

    fava beans, never had or prepared, they would be new to me, as would lemon evoo...yum!

    about 5 yrs ago when i joined my csa in CA, i swear half the veggies in there were new to me! now, not so much and i cannot wait to re-join my csa!!!!!

    xo

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  14. I've never cooked with fava beans at home. Would be fun to experiment!

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  15. Good for you on experimenting with them. They look beautiful and tasty. I can't even think of a new food I've worked with. Sad.

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  16. I've never tried fava beans and not sure if I want to..that looks like an awful lot of work!

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  17. I had no idea they needed peeled twice! I buy them peeled and ready to cook- I want to compare the tastes of the two now!

    Enjoy your long weekend.

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  18. that is a lot of work...it would probably pass too

    thanks for showing how it's done
    have a great weekend

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  19. Interesting that you have to peel them twice. I wonder if they resemble the taste of edamame at all?

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  20. I was wondering about their similarity to edamame too. I never would have known you had to peel them twice.

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  21. I had no idea that fava beans needed to be peeled twice. When I was introduced to them last year, I wasn't told that. If I see them this summer, I think I'll get some.

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  22. They look like jewels! Beautiful.

    The newest food item I've tried was... wait for it... cabbage. Not even kidding. I thought I didn't like cabbage, so a few days ago at the store I picked up a head of cabbage and combined it with spinach to make a salad. And it was tasty!

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  23. @Carol Egbert: That sounds like a great way to prepare fava beans. Thanks for sharing!

    @Thinspired @FoodFitnessFreshAir @Lindsay: My hubby thinks that they taste similar to edamame. But I think that they have a more distinct/pronounced flavor. But it's very difficult for me to describe the flavor. They are more nutty/buttery tasting in my opinion. I guess you'll just have to try them yourselves... :)

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  24. I just got some fava beans for the first time recently. Had no idea what to do with them... At first I tried sauteeing them but that didn't seem to be working so I just threw the beans into a pot of water along with pasta and they turned out great :)

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