Broad beans tend to be regarded as somehow not quite as good as the borlotti and french beans of high Summer perhaps its because they are easy to grow but for me this simple dip transforms them into a great quick hummus in under 10 Minutes
160g broad beans podded
juice 1/2 small lemon
15 mint leaves
4 tb extra virgin olive oil, plus extra
zest of small lemon
sea salt, to taste
Boil or steam the beans for 3-5 minutes, until tender. Older beans may need longer cooking.
Rinse under cold water with ice cubes, drain in a colander.
Remove outer skins especially with older beans, best way slice one end and gently squeeze bean out
Blitz beans, salt, lemon juice and mint until smooth in a processor or with a hand held stick blender, adding olive oil in a stream until you achieve the consistency you desire.
If you like a coarse texture you can break up the beans with a fork
chop Lemon zest into fine pieces
A good quality, mild tasting oil makes all the difference to the taste
Once smooth, add zest and taste seasoning.cover with little more oil to keep in fridge for a couple of days if you can resist it
There are two main types of Savory which can be grown in Gardens – Summer Savory which is an annual – and Winter Savory which is a perennial and we can grow both of these herbs quite happily in our gardens. Winter savory can be grown even if we get quite a lot of frost and snow so making it a really useful herb.
If you want to grow Savory the best way to think about it is if you grow Rosemary then Winter Savory will grow just as easily.
How to grow Chinese or Garlic Chives Allium Tuberosum
Garlic Chives must be one of the easiest Herbs that we can grow in the garden and it always surprises me is that they are not grown far more as they have lots of culinary benefits and they can give you a great garlic flavour but they’re not as pungent or as strong as a garlic clove. They are evergreen in most gardens and are pretty enough to mixed in amongst your flowers.