Broad Bean came over to cook and eat with me last night and it was FUN! I don't usually cook with someone, although I love to cook for people. It probably ended up being a lot more relaxing because it was a shared effort, rather than a presentation that it going to be marked and measured.
Funnily enough, we used neither Fennel nor Broad Bean as ingredients for our meal (it felt a little too much like cannibalism) but there are so many other vegetables to choose from that we were in no way impaired by this restriction. In the end, Broad Bean worked on the entrée and I took care of the main.
Both recipes came from my beloved Moro East cookbook by Sam and Sam Clark. We started with fried spiced cauliflower served with a healthy squeeze of fresh lemon juice and ate it from a shared plate in the kitchen, with me jumping up now and again to stir….
… the “Courgettes and Almonds” which also contains yellow squash, tomatoes, garlic and shitloads of fresh basil (unlike the mint which the recipe actually suggests). Because I was busy chatting and eating cauliflower, the C&A was a tad overcooked but still delicious. We took bowls of this and some rice, along with our “Moppity” merlot, outside and ate in the garden.
Then, back upstairs we listened to Nina Simone and ate cake and drank almond tea and giggled quite a bit.