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,…

Persian Fava and Tofu Stew

Growing up as the child of German immigrants, I never saw much of my extended family. Grandparents, an aunt and uncle and cousins in West Germany, A grandmother in the East who was not allowed out to visit (and it was rather uncomfortable going to visist: something I only did once), and an aunt in…

Borlotti Beans with Spring Greens and Grilled Cheese

The weather may be summer like but the end of my borlotti beans on the allotment tells me it’s definitely autumn and time to start clearing and preparing the plot for the colder, shorter days. Borlottis are the only beans I grow now. In fact they are one of the very few successes this year….

Chinese Vegetable and Tofu Stew

An early celebration of Chinese New Year. Inspired by (and almost copied from) Ken Hom. 100g or so of each of the following – trimmed whole mange tout – shredded savoy cabbage – finely sliced red pepper – sliced courgette – mushrooms – halved of quartered depending on their size – broccoli – cut into…

Root Vegetable and Bean Tagine with Saffron Couscous

Possibly the greatest tasting dish I have ever eaten was a broad bean tagine several years ago at the fantastic and very popular Al Fassia in Windsor. I asked the waitress how the chef had made it, but her description was a little vague. Having had several failed attempts at making something similar I now…

Sweet Potato and Three Bean Stew

This year I decided to break with the norm on our allotments and not grow runner beans. Instead I’ve been growing borlottis, and two types of french – one purple and one green. This recipe uses all three though you could substitute runners or any tinned varieties. A cross between a soup and a stew…

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

From the wonderful World Food Cafe in Covent Garden. I have only made this two times in the past 4 or 5 years since I was given the World Food Cafe cook book. I had the urge last night to make it again then took it over to a neighbours house to eat. This made…