Friday, June 20, 2008

Experimentation

Last week, I was watching the show Jamie at Home on the Food Network. The episode was "Peas and Broad Beans." Peas are my favorite vegetable, but I had never tried broad beans, or, as we know them here in the United States, fava beans. I mentioned this to my mother-in-law, who is wonderful and has been doing our grocery shopping for me while I've been house bound following my surgery. She dropped by today, and guess what she brought me?



Fava beans, along with some fresh mint and watercress from her garden! Based on some of the flavors that Jamie Oliver was combining on the show, I set to work on a dinner of pasta with fava beans, mint, watercress and parmesan. First, I shelled the beans, then I blanched them for three to four minutes to cook them and help to remove the tough skins surrounding the beans.



I tossed the pasta with a little bit of butter, some pasta water, salt and pepper and the fresh mint. I added the skinned beans and topped the whole thing with freshly grated parmesan and watercress. Yum!



Since this is a knitting blog, though, I guess I should actually show some knitting! The knitting on the first of the twins' sweaters is finished, but I'm going to wait until both are finished to soak and block them and sew the buttons on.



I had ordered some green yarn for the second sweater, since we weren't sure if the second baby was a girl or not. We had another ultrasound yesterday, and the technician (a different one than at our last ultrasound) also thinks that we have a boy and a girl! Of course, I couldn't resist ordering pink yarn for that second sweater, so I'll be starting on that one once it gets here. Hopefully the technicians are correct! :)

3 Comments:

Blogger DPUTiger said...

I know it's just my eye with that photo, but those buttons look like little smiley faces. What a cute sweater! :)

11:56 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I thought they were smiley faces, too!! That pasta looks great. I've never tried fava beans...but peas/legumes are not my favorite vegetable.

I'm glad you're feeling better!! :)

10:01 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Yay for Luke and Leia! I figure if two technicians think the same thing, odds are pretty good.

That pasta looks delicious. You are welcome to cook that for me any time! (Although I suppose I could just get the recipe from you and cook it myself, if the kitchen ever gets cleaned up enough for me to use it!)

4:47 PM  

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