Saturday, 10 July 2010

Harvest Time.......

Well all my hard work is beginning to pay off as I pick my fruit and veg in my allotment, If you're anything like me, broad beans would normally make you shiver and not with delight. I remember at school getting them dished up on my plate and my heart sinking to new depths, thinking "How am I going to eat them"? I once hid them under a mound of mashed potato thinking no-one would notice them, but hey ho! along came the scary dinner lady and lifted up the mash with a fork...........well you can guess the rest.

Anyway, I have successfully grown some broad beans this year and was determined to use them. I have made a dip with them, such a simple easy recipe, so I thought I would share it with you. It's a very healthy snack dish or starter and is delicious served with warm Pitta Bread or Flatbread. You will need:

300g Broad Beans, podded

1 Clove of garlic

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Small buch of mint

1 Lemon - juice of

1 Tbsp Natural yoghurt

Pinch of salt

Cook the broad beans for 5 mins. then let them cool and take off the outer skin, leaving the bright green part of the bean. Put all ingredients (except the lemon)into a food processor. Whizz for a couple of minutes then mix in the lemon juice and check the seasoning.

Place into a bowl and drizzle with a little Olive oil and a sprig of mint.

Serve with warm Pitta bread or Flatbread, enjoy!