For those of you who didn’t click away and look for something else I have a little surprise. Broad beans are actually quite nice. But only if you get them when they are small and fresh, and sweet. To do this you’d have to get them straight from the grower (thanks mum and dad), grow them yourself (yeah, same thing) or find a really good grocer, or fruit and veg place.
Most of us do not have good memories of the critters, usually way over cooked and being large and old, really bland and icky. Some things take a while to leave our memories, but when I was asked if unwanted any I figured, well, as they are young, I’m happy to give them another try.
I’m glad I did.
My household shrunk to just Mr 8 and me, so I said its a ‘your choice’ dinner. As usual, he took the two minute noodle choice. Yeah mine choose the veges every time, Not!
I cut thick slices of ham, capsicum (bell pepper) and shallots, and stir fried with lots of garlic then added the two minute noodles (minus the flavour sachet, they are quite versatile) and broad beans with a blob of chilli sauce.
*Once the noodles were boiling I tossed in the beans to blanch rather than fully cook them.
And in five minutes I have a somewhat healthy dinner, that is tasty to boot.
Now, if this encourages just one person to try them again, then I have succeeded in boosting bean self esteem.
What have you tried years down the track and realised it wasn’t as bad as you thought?