Welcome to today's edition of mmm-yoso!!!, a food blog. Kirk is still busy with work, ed(from Yuma) is still busy vacationing and Cathy is blogging to keep herself busy.
Hi. I haven't posted on my inexpensive meals for a while. This refreshing recipe can be a side dish as well as a main and will cost less than $5. I confess I took the photos for this post when fava beans were 'in season' and really inexpensive (three pounds for $1 at Vine Ripe Market) and fennel was also in season (three for $1 at Vine Ripe). Favas, also known as broadbeans, are ready to eat in mid-spring until early summer. Now, in the heat of summer, when I want to eat this, the herb fennel is 99¢ a head and I buy frozen (not canned) fava beans for this recipe. Sold in one pound boxes for about $3 at Vine Ripe, other Middle Eastern markets and at 99Ranch, the frozen broadbeans are not as 'mushy' as the canned. I've also made this recipe with frozen soy beans (edamame) one time when I was apparently reading-challenged while in the freezer.
These are the primary ingredients (also the juice of one lemon, not in this photo). The fresh fava beans have been boiled, whole, in salted water, then cooled. Fava beans need to be shelled twice; first from the outer pod- once that cools, you can squeeze the pod and the beans shoot out easily- then you can remove the membrane covering the actual beans.
You can see the beans are greener and shinier in this photo because the translucent membranes have been removed. I like fennel because every part of the bulb is edible.
Sliced onion, fennel, mint, parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice and black or white pepper is all that is needed.
Fava Fennel Salad:
one small fennel bulb
1/4 C sliced onion
2 oz Parmesan cheese (1/4 C)
ten sliced mint leaves
Enough olive oil, lemon juice (I try to have two parts oil to one part acid for any salad dressing, some people make it three parts oil to one part acid) to coat everything. Pepper to taste
Toss to coat. Serve at room temperature.
It's been a hot summer so far. We've been busy with the outdoor garden, growing tomatoes in Topsy Turvey planters around the house...
This is Extra, another stray, living with us since 2003.
I hope everyone has a nice weekend!