The Gardener's Journal is a free monthly gardening guide delivered direct to your inbox.

Each month, receive tips on the top jobs needed in your garden as well as a wealth of information on a range of gardening topics. From sowing seeds to picking fruit, each month get access to information on the care and maintenance of your flowerbeds, vegetable plot and lawn. As with your own gardening diary, the journal is split into separate sections, each covering a different area of garden care.

Monday 7 July 2014

The Big Glut Recipe – July

A summer pea and broad bean humous

Pick your own fresh peas and broad beans for a different take on humous and serve this for lunch or
keep it to yourself in the fridge. If you don’t have fresh, frozen peas and beans will do. Adjust the cooking time accordingly. You need a food processor for this recipe.

  • 300g of fresh peas or defrosted frozen
  • 300g of fresh broad beans or defrosted frozen
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 slices of bread – use sourdough or similar
  • 125g/4½ oz soft goat’s cheese
  • 50g watercress or land cress to garnish

Cook the peas and beans in boiling water until softened enough, about three to five minutes.  Drain them, cool them, drain again. Add the garlic to the four tablespoons of oil in a pan and cook ever so gently for about three minutes – you don’t want it to brown. Set aside in a jug, whatever, to cool. 

Put the peas, beans and most of the zest, keep a little in reserve, into a food processor and mix, slowly adding in the garlic oil, then the garlic cloves, most of the lemon juice, again keeping a little in reserve, and finally one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and the remaining lemon juice to taste. Put the humous into a bowl and drizzle on the rest of the extra virgin olive oil. 

Toast the bread, spread on goat’s cheese and top with the humous, a little olive oil, some zest and black pepper if you wish and garnish with the watercress. 

No comments:

Post a Comment