Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Adventures in a Canberra Kitchen

Finally my broad beans are doing something, albeit wee little bits of something. It looks like I will have to leave them in a little longer than expected but that's OK. We found room for two tomato plants and we will plant another four plants when the beans have finished.

We have a public holiday here in Canberra today. It's actually called "Family and Community Day" and was a reaction by our local government to the WorkChoices legislation brought in by the last government which banned union picnic days. So the ACT Government, bless their little red socks, gave us a holiday that all, not just blue collar workers, can enjoy. This year I took the Monday off work too, so it's been a fun-filled four days, let me tell you.

It kind of sucks that the holiday happens on Melbourne Cup Day, as we miss out on a champagne and sweeps-filled boozeup at work while watching a horse race that I couldn't give two hoots about, but all that changes next year when the holiday moves to the first Monday of the school holidays, when the timing will just suck for children and their teachers. Plus next year it falls on my birthday, which is so nice. Thanks, government.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, my broad beans.

See, yesterday I got this book in the mail - Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier, a recipe book based on the blog of the same name. In a moment of good luck and fortune the book opened at the page with a recipe for Fava Bean and Mint Frittata, fava beans being the oher name for broad beans. So I made it.

Broadbean (fava) and Mint Frittata

Admittedly my beans were a little on the teeny side, especially by the time I'd double-shelled them, but the feral mint that grows near the back step was just fine. The frittata didn't rise as much as I would have liked, but next time I'll whisk the eggs more and bake it in a smaller dish.

And another photo, because food looks (and tastes) much better in vintage Pyrex.

Broadbean and Mint Frittata

And now another photo showing you the perfect lunch for the hot scorching days we've been having lately, and also proof that you can have salad without tomatoes, and lunch without bread. I mix together massive amounts of homegrown (feral) lettuce and snowpeas, some capsicum and carrots grown by someone else, and a can of flavoured tuna. Drizzle some balsamic and olive oil on top and lunch is served, ma'am.

Monster Tuna Salad


  1. Add some cucumber to that salad and you've got my salad standby!! (I never have tomatoes in my salads - since I don't like them!). And I'm not a fan of bread at lunch, unless it's in a toasted sandwich because I'm being lazy. Just not a big sandwich fan, me.

  2. Yum yum yum Michele1 Last year a made a zucchini chocolate cake when we had an excess of the veg, it was really yummy!

  3. mmmm i love broad bean, just don't like cooking them, because of the double peeling.
    How handy is a can of tuna. i think i eat it every other day.

  4. Broad beans are my new favourite vegetable (even though they're a bean), but I've not thought to try them with mint.

    Also, what is Canberra coming to? No fireworks and now changing the Melbourne Cup holiday! Madness! Although, it is good that you have a public holiday on your birthday next year.

  5. mmmm delish!
    I can't wait to hear what you think of Chocolate & Zucchini - i've been considering adding that to my 'to buy' list!
    Your phots have been so gorgeous this week!

  6. Nice of the gov't to keep the holiday even of on another spirit, you're lucky they didn't just steal it away!

  7. Oh I love broad beans - mine are going well now too.

    I don't bother double shelling the little ones, so I try to eat them while they are small to keep it simpler.



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