Broad Bean Stew

Spring is definitely on its way. The days are getting longer and milder, blossom is out, daffodils fill the grass verges, I am about to become another year older and I have planted this year’s crop of broad beans. So it must be time I used up the remains of last year’s crop, carefully podded,…

Broad Bean Burgers

For those of you who grow your own you’ll be aware broad bean season is once again upon us. Broad beans are one of the easiest things to grow, just watch out for blackfly and pinch out the tender tops as the plants grow to prevent the blackfly from spreading. This recipe really does benefit…

Spaghetti With Pea and Broad Bean Pesto

It’s pea and broad bean season on the allotment (but you can use frozen if you don’t grow your own). Serves 4 100g shelled peas 100g shelled broad beans 1 small leek 1 clove garlic – finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil juice of half a lemon a small block of parmesan – about 100g…

Broad Bean Dip

The first crop of broad beans have survived the odd weather we have had this year. Cold, hot, wet, cold, windy and no matter how much rain seems to fall, we still are officially in drought according to our water company. Despite all this the beans seem happier than ever, untouched by blackfly that has…

Blue Cheese with Puy Lentils and Broad Beans

I’m getting quite excited now at the prospect of meeting the legendary Yottam Ottolenghi next month. I’ve been lucky enough to get onto one of his courses at the Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath. Having spent the bank holiday weekend clearing the allotment, I had one last serving of broad beans and thought they would…

Broad Bean, Pea and Feta Bruschetta

This couldn’t have been fresher (except for the peas). I picked some broad beans and mint from the allotment this evening, came home and made these within half an hour of picking. Delicious even if I say so myself and inspired partly by my dinner party hosts from Saturday night and partly from Celia Brooks…

Rice with Potatoes and Broad Beans

It’s been a busy weekend down on the allotment. Now that any danger of a frost has gone I got the beans and courgettes in, removed tons of weeds and planted more spinach and tomatoes. Watering is so time-consuming now that there is so much growing and with the hot spell set to last, it…

Courgette and Bean Salad

Delicious with pizza, or just with warmed pitta bread and feta cheese. It’s a little early in the year, but later this summer I should be able to make the whole dish with crops from the allotment. The mint and lemon juice make this particularly refreshing on a hot summer’s day. The quantities here would…

Broad Beans

OK, so the broad beans have some way to go before I can pick them, pop them from their furry pods and cook them young, fresh and tender. Some farmers markets and supermarkets are starting to sell fresh UK broad beans but I cheated here and used frozen baby broad beans which are OK, but…