We have been using up the last of the broad beans, and turned the very last of them into a cross between South Indian Vadai and Middle Eastern Falafel. Whatever, they are gorgeous!
The trick is to grind some blanched broad beans with herbs and curry leaves, then add besan, and shallow fry or deep fry them until cooked and crispy. They are gorgeous with some fresh Indian chutney and a bowl of rasam. We use the Western Fava Beans (aka Broad Beans) not the Indian Broad Beans, Avarakkai, for this dish.
Try some other vadai too – Maddur Vada, Falafel, and Gram Flour Vada. Are you looking for Rasam? We have a couple of dozen rasam recipes here.
Browse our Vadai recipes. Our Indian recipes are here and our Indian Essentials here. Or take some time to browse our Late Spring dishes.
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If Focaccia is half way between pizza and bread, then Schiacciata is half way between Focaccia and Pizza. It is flat and usually infused beautifully with olive oil.
Originally cooked in the ashes of the hearth, schiacciata, meaning squashed, is flat and 2 – 3 cm thick (but can be thinner). Variations of the bread are made throughout Italy. In Tuscany, it is simply brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Herbs such as rosemary can be added. A sweet version with grapes and sugar is also made.
This recipe with onion and cheese is great weekday lunch-at-home fare, even for Sunday night supper. It is great with a hearty soup. Maybe Onion Soup would be fabulous. In late Summer, pair it with ripe, bursting figs and celebrate the end of summer.
You might also liked our Focaccia recipes. Our pizza recipes are here. If you need pizza dough, the recipes are here. Feel free to browse other recipes from our Retro Recipes series. Or explore our Late Spring dishes.
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Do you have a grape vine, or access to grape vine leaves? Then this is for you. A great tea time snack, they are definitely delightful.
Pecorino is wrapped in vine leaves and then grilled until the cheese melts and the leaves crisp a little. You can even cook these on a BBQ.
Grape leaves are best picked from grape vines in the Spring and Early Summer, while they are still tender. Select young whole, medium leaves. Make sure that the leaves haven’t been sprayed.
Similar recipes include Mushrooms Baked in Grape Vine Leaves.
Browse our grape vine leaf recipes, our Italian dishes and our French recipes. Or take some time to explore our collection of Late Spring recipes.
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Poha Chat is an Indian spicy snack and street food loved by many. Poha is rice that has been steamed and flattened, and it comes in various sizes. For this recipe, thick poha will be needed. If using thinner poha, don’t soak for long in water – thin poha particularly will need a sprinkle of water only.
Similar recipes include Borlotti Bean Chaat, and Channa Chaat.
Other Poha dishes include Kanda Poha, Kolacha Poha, and Sweet and Crunchy Poha.
Browse all of our Poha recipes and our Chat dishes. Our Indian recipes are here, and Indian Essentials here. Or explore our Early Spring dishes.
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Difficult to stop eating this delightful dip
Our love affair with Broad Beans continues with some mashes. Broad beans mash very well – especially later in the season when the beans are not as young and tender as they were earlier in the season.
This is easy to make, but it is necessary to double peel the beans – first remove them from the pod and then peel each bean. For this recipe it is Ok to cook the beans for a few minutes before peeling – they are also easier to peel once cooked.
Similar recipes include Saffron Mograbieh Pilaf with Broad Beans, Umbrian Broad Bean Puree, Young Broad Bean Pod Puree, Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint, Broad Bean and Butter Bean Spread, and Avocado Smash.
You might like to browse our other Broad Bean recipes. Or explore our other snacks. Our Late Spring recipes are here.
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It’s the weekend and so it is Okra time again. This recipe sautés the okra briefly and then tops them with a chilli-garlic oil. Crispy okra with chilli and garlic – what could be better? And it is tossed with basil leaves for a light and totally gorgeous dish.
Are you looking for more Okra dishes? Try Charred Okra with Tomato Barley, Greek Okra in Tomatoes, and Fried Okra.
You can browse all of our Okra recipes, you will love them. Or simply explore our Late Autumn dishes.
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Perfect Saturday afternoon snack
How good these Parmesan Potatoes are! The saltiness of the cheese, the crispness from baking, and the freshness of the broad beans. It is a great snack indeed, or a first course, or an excellent side at a BBQ.
The potatoes are sliced thin and baked in a hot oven with parmesan cheese. It is very simple to make. The broad beans are quickly sautéed with garlic, and their texture goes so well with the potatoes.
Similar dishes include Potatoes and Cheddar Gratin, Potatoes Baked with Cumin and Tomatoes, and Perfect Roast Potatoes.
Have a look at the other Broad Bean recipes, and our other Potato dishes. Our snacks are here. Or simply explore our Late Spring recipes.
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Are you ready for a snack? Okra and Cauliflower Pakora (Pakoda) will satisfy your deepest longings. Tossed in some chickpea flour batter, with rice flour for crispness, these little beauties are beautiful dunked into some green chutney and eaten on a sunny afternoon, sitting under a tree.
Are you after snack recipes? Try Cumin and Pepper Baked Potato Wedges, Chickpea Fingers with Tomato Salsa, and Paneer Toast.
Or perhaps you are after Okra dishes. Try Try Kurkuri Bindi (Crispy Okra), Ladyfingers Recheio (Okra with Chilli-Spice Paste), and Fried Ladyfingers, Goan Style.
Want more information? Read about Okra here, then browse all of our Okra recipes, and all of our Snack recipes. All of our Indian dishes are here and Indian Essentials here. Or simply explore our easy Early Autumn dishes.
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There is a beautiful Tuscan Spring time tradition of serving Broad Beans with a fresh pecorino cheese. The cheese is sliced and served with the beans. If the beans are young, the guests get to pod their own as they eat them. There is a saltiness in the fresh pecorino that matches the sweetness of the broad beans. And the crispy texture of the beans with the melting softness of the pecorino is divine.
Similar recipes include Spring Pasta with Broad Beans and Mint, Tomato and Broad Bean Salad, Panfried Broad Beans with Chilli, Lime and Salt, Broad Beans with Crispy Garlic, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Have a look at the other Broad Bean recipes. Our Snacks are here. Or explore our collection of Late Spring recipes.
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Have you heard of Girdle Scones? (BTW, Girdle is another name for a Griddle.) These scones are perfect for lazy weekends and camping holidays. They can be cooked inside, in or on a BBQ, or over an open camp fire (as long as you can hang or support a griddle).
These scones are delicious eaten warm from the griddle, slathered with butter or spread with jam. They are a lot of fun to make too, and the kids can watch them rise as they cook. Eat them for Breakfast, Snacks or Dessert! They are good at any time.
Similar recipes include Singin’ Hinny, Home Made Crumpets and Bannocks.
And check out all of our Griddle cooking recipes and read an article on Griddles and Griddle cooking. All of our Breakfast recipes are here. Or browse our Late Winter collection of dishes.
This is a vegetarian recipe from our first blog which was in existence from 1995 – 2006. You can browse other recipes from this blog in our Retro Recipes series.
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A classical Chinese dish with a twist
Scallion Pancakes are classic Chinese fare – crisp, flaky and chewy, made with layers of dough and sesame oil – they are surprisingly easy to make. You can also pre-make the dough and pop it in the fridge to make later. The pancakes can even be rolled out prior to cooking and kept with layers of baking paper between until you are ready to cook.
The traditional filling is Spring Onions (aka Scallions in the US), but indeed any filling can be used. Today, I have made 3 different ones:
- Fenugreek Leaves with Ajwain and Cumin Seed
- Coriander Leaves and Green Chilli
- Spring Onions with Grated Orange Zest and White Pepper
Are you looking for similar recipes? We have some Indian chickpea flour “pancakes” here, and try some Indian dosa.
Check out our Chinese and other Asian recipes. Or explore our easy Winter dishes.
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Eggplants come in all shapes and sizes, colours, tastes and textures. Sadly, we only get to cook with a few varieties through our Green Grocer and 1 or 2 more through our Asian Grocers. Thai Eggplants are a particular favourite, a little crunchier in texture than the European variety, and a real affinity with Asian flavours such as toasted sesame and soy.
Similar dishes include Kerala Eggplant in Coconut; Steamed Eggplant with Sesame and Spring Onions, and Steamed Thai Eggplants and Zucchini.
Browse all of our Eggplant Recipes, our Thai recipes, and all of our Asian recipes. Or explore our Mid Autumn collection of recipes.
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TV snacks are always needed, especially on those nights after long, hard days. The good news is, you can make your own crisps. We have begun making them from sweet potatoes. They are especially easy to make, and store well in airtight containers.
Are you after other dried snack recipes? Try Spicy Dried Okra, and Dried Capsicum Snacks. On the sweeter side, there is also Dried Mango and Quince Paste.
Why not browse all of our Snacks and all of our Sweet Potato recipes. Have a look at our Dehydrated recipes, or take some time to explore our Early Winter dishes.
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I am here to tell you that these are delicious. A great snack, quickly prepared, is pan fried broad beans. You can use peas or edamame as well. You can even use peas and edamame in their pods. Simply suck them out of the shell between your teeth after cooking.
Broad beans, once out of their pod, still have a thick, tough coat on each bean. Removing this improves their flavour enormously. Yes, it is a little fiddly, but worth the effort. Take a small sharp knife and make a slit in the side of the bean, then coax the coat off. Sometimes they just pop out. You are left with tender, vibrant green beans.
Are you looking for similar recipes? Try French Braised Lettuce, Peas and Broad Beans, Pan Fried Broad Beans with Tomato and Thyme, Broad Beans with Fresh Pecorino, and Tawa Broad Beans.
Browse all of our Broad Bean recipes, and all of our Snacks. Be inspired by our Mid Spring recipes.
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Sometimes you don’t quite want a guacamole, you want a bit more than smashed avo, and you want to use that ripe avocado, mashed and tasty, to pile onto sourdough toast. Or to use as a salad. Well, here we have that recipe for you.
Are you looking for other Avocado dishes? Try Avocado Salad with Pomelo, Cucumber and Avocado Salad, and Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salad.
Or Radish Salads? Try Wombok and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing, Radish Salad with Coconut Milk, and Cucumber and Radish Slightly Pickled Salad.
Or perhaps you are looking for other Dips and Spreads? Try Fava Bean Spread with Dill, Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Puree, White Bean, Sage and Roasted Garlic Spread, Zhug – Coriander Chilli Spread, and Babaganoush.
Browse all of our Avocado dishes and all of our Dips. Or explore all of our Late Autumn collection of recipes. Continue reading “Avocado Smash with Radishes | Spread, Dip or Salad”