Friday, September 25, 2009

Consuming Passions' Bean Feast

Today was the day- the first broad bean harvest! I limited my picking to beans that were my thumb-width or more, and came up with 300g podded weight. Which isn't all the much when 200g of that is pod!

On weeknights the boys eat dinner before B and I, so they were the first to sample the crop- I pulled out the smallest (pea-sized) beans for them and steamed them with their other vegies. There were no complaints, which for Big Bro is a seal of approval when faced with a non-pea green vegetable (or maybe he thought they were mutant peas?)

The remainder were kept for the adults' sitting, and I made my all-time favourite broad bean dish, Bean Feast from Consuming Passions. Yes, Consuming Passions with Ian Parmenter*- that 90s show with 5 minute recipe segments and the zany presenter.
This was one of the first cooking shows that caught my interest and over the years I accumulated six of his excellent (but terribly indexed!) books which have given me many of my regularly used recipes.**

Bean Feast is one of these favourites.

1kg broad beans in their pods (I used only 300g plus four snap peas)
450g dried egg noodles (I used fettucine)
1 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced (I actually used 5 spring onions as my "brand new" garlic turned out to have sprouted...)
4 Tbs stock
~2Tbs sweet chilli sauce (to taste)
1 Tbs grated parmesan cheese

Pod the beans- for home-grown beans don't bother removing the "skin" from the bean, and cook in unsalted water until tender (time will depend on the size of the beans and how cooked you like them). At the same time, cook the pasta in salted water. Drain both the beans and the pasta.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the garlic over low-medium heat to soften. Add the stock and cook until volume is reduced to 1/3 of the original. Stir in the chilli sauce, pasta, beans and parmesan and serve.

Delicious and too easy!

* For fans of Consuming Passions there is an interesting transcript of a biographical interview with Ian Parmenter on Talking Heads.
**The ABC still maintains Consuming Passions' website which has an oddly incomplete archive of recipes from 5 of the 10 series.


ilipilli said...

Ooh, yum. I might be able to make a 1/8 recipe version next time I harvest mine!! I did pick another 3 pods yesterday and tried the melted butter/salt/pepper again. Mmmm. I left the pods on too and they were delicious. Even LP ate them quite happily!

_vTg_ said...

LOL- I am glad we're not the only ones with modest harvests. My only hope is that we are in for a surge, if not a glut... I am starting to think that broadbeans' ability to grow when not much else will, plus their nitrogen fixing abilities make up for a deficit in the large harvest department!!

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