Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fava Beans

Sadly, it has been way too long since I last posted (over a week). So, I'm going to try to catch up a bit by posting several small entries about things I've done in the last week or so. 

About a week and a half a go I got a big bag of fava beans in our CSA box. I had never cooked with fava beans so this was another fun challenge. I started by shelling the beans while I caught up on Grey's Anatomy online. 

The beans were such a lovely pale green color! 

But what surprised me the most, was the fuzzy inner coating that cushioned the beans inside the pod. It was so soft but was easily crushed with just a slight amount of pressure. 

Once I shelled all of the beans, I stuck them in a tupperware in the fridge and about a week passed before I finally figured I really had to do something with them. I ended up making "Fava Bean, Herb, and Wax Bean Soup" from Local Flavors. It was fairly decent, but not worth sharing here. In the words of my friend Zaz, it was reminiscent of "rabbit food." (very green and not too much flavor other than extreme greenness) 

So, do any of you have good fava bean recipes I could try next time? 

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