Sunday, 17 February 2013

Dreaming of Spring

It's technically still winter here in the UK - it's less than a week since we last saw snowfall - but there are already signs of Spring in the air. This morning, I was very excited to see the first daffodil blooming in the garden and it looks like there are plenty more right behind it.

I know that it's been a very, very long time since I was last here, but I promise that this time I have a really good excuse. It's been four months since my last post, but it has been an incredibly busy time. We sold our flat. We bought a house. On the other side of London. Which brings me back nicely to the daffodils - our new house comes with the added benefit of our very own (and large) garden.

We also made a couple of exciting additions to our new home...

Please meet Sinclair and Willow - undoubtedly the two cutest kittens that ever existed. They are partly to blame for my long absence here - let's be realistic, who wants to bake muffins or ice cakes when there are kitten cuddles on offer?!

One thing I will definitely be able to make time for come Spring, is broad beans on toast...

Garlic Broad Beans on Toast

500g broad beans, in their shell
2 garlic cloves, crushed
lemon juice

Shell the broad beans and divide into 2-3 groups based on their size. You can peel off the second skin that is on each bean, but this isn't necessary.

Bring a pot of water to the boil and begin blanching the beans. The largest beans will only need about 45-60 seconds and the smallest will only need about 15-20 seconds.

Once all of the beans are blanched, drain them and place them on a tea towel to dry. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the garlic. Once the garlic begins to colour, add the broad beans and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and fry for another 30 seconds or so.

Pile the beans on top of a slice of fresh, crusty bread.

A perfect Spring breakfast!