Thursday, July 24, 2008
Snack Time: Fava Beans with Pecorino Romano
I got that look again the other day. The one like I have two heads. The person giving me this look is one of my child's teachers. The one that doesn't see a problem with giving candy as a reward for good behavior.
I was explaining why I pack my child's milk in her lunch and do not just let her drink what the school provides. I was trying to find a way to address rBGH. Then the glazed over, "Lady, you are just nuts" look appears. It's not easy being the crazy lady sometimes.
Take this whole concept of "snack" foods. For some reason, the processed food industry got a toehold into the convenience food market and while we were munching on 42-percent-potato-58-percent-God-knows-what Pringles, they took over the whole category. If there is one single aisle to skip at the grocery store, "snacks" is the one.
Around the crazy woman's household (me) snacks tend to be nuts (the actual kind), fruit, dried fruit, yogurt and sometimes even vegetables. Like the following dish. Which also makes a great appetizer, by the way.
Now, if you have had canned fava beans, forget those. Those are not fava beans. Fava beans are green, not brown, and the tough outer layer should be removed. Canned beans still have this layer. The texture is awful. If they had flavor, that would be awful as well.
Ah, but fresh favas? This is not an everyday snack. The favas first have to be shelled, then the beans need to be blanched for two minutes and shocked in a bath of ice water. Once this is done, it's easy to remove the tough outer skins, revealing the tender, sweet and very "green" flavored beans. It takes a bit of time, so, no, not an everyday treat.
You can find these fresh in your farmers market early summer in the Midwest and South, and right about now if you are farther north.
Fava Beans with Pecorino Romano
Looking for this recipe? It will be part of an upcoming book with Ali at Cleaner Plate Club.
And, one that gets eaten by a three-year-old while playing Sesame Street games on Mommy's computer. Served with blanched and chilled fresh green beans as a side. For a snack.
Hey, don't look at me like that. I am not crazy. Not in a bad way.