I don’t seem to have the best timing lately… I waited with my last recipe for vegan quiche with asparagus for so long that asparagus was almost out of season by the time I published the recipe. This recipe on the other hand appears to be quite the opposite. According to many online seasonal veggie calendars, broad beans should be in season here in the UK from May onwards, for about 4 months.
Well, this year appears to be different. I had trouble finding fresh pods in town, but I put that down to a high demand as broad beans are a summer favourite in the UK. I finally did find them and bought almost a kilo, which turned out to be only enough for half a portion of my dip – I needed almost two cups of podded beans in total! Turns out that my estimate was wrong because the pods inside were unusually small. When I used to buy broad beans in Greece, nearly the same weight of pods would yield triple the volume of podded beans, as they were substantially larger.
I made another trip into town and bought some more and it suddenly dawned on me that the season must be delayed this year – probably because we’ve had an unseasonably cold spring – which would explain why it was hard to find them and why the pods look a little underdeveloped (so to speak). Oh well. It was too late to change the recipe and I had 2 kilos of broad beans sitting on my kitchen counter, so here is my broad bean recipe. If you live in a broad bean desert, save it for later in the year or use green peas (frozen are okay too) instead.
While Europe is going through a major heatwave this week, even the UK is going to get a few degrees warmer apparently. The sun is supposedly meant to show its face for a few days in a row towards the end of this week – which is never 100% guaranteed with several major weather fronts battling it out daily, but something most of us, sun-loving peeps, anticipate with excitement.
I enjoy moderately hot weather and as it’s such a rarity here in the UK, whenever it does happen, it is always my excuse to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. I am sure you are on the same wavelength as me? Dips, served alongside mounds of exciting salad, some decent bread and fresh fruit, are ideal heatwave food – which is why I am guessing that they all originate from countries that do hot weather rather well.
I made this vibrant green, minty dip hoping that the forecasted sunny 25° C (77° F) will happen later on this week. If it does, I am planning to sit in my garden, hoovering up photoshoot leftovers for lunch, alongside pitchers of iced strawberry milk and iced coffees. Apart from 2 kilos of broad beans, I also bought 5 punnets of strawberries and prepared an excessive amount of ice cubes, so I am sincerely hoping that the weather forecaster got it right this time. 🙂
**If you cannot get hold of broad beans, but like the concept – feel free to use green peas instead – they will make a just as delicious base for this creamy dip.