Saturday, July 16, 2011

Fava Beans

Fava Beans (aka Broad Beans) are a food that I discovered only a few years ago.  I liked them so much I started to grow them.  They are an easy bean grow, which is nice.
Here are 2 views of fava plants.  The first shows beans almost mature, the second are mature and ready to be picked.  Gravity gives some great clues.
This was a nice harvest.
OK.  I know, enough with the bean photos.  Moving on to what we cooked with these beauties.  We made a pasta dish with favas, garden peas, dried tomatoes, onion, and garlic.  The fresh pasta came from Nu nooz, the rest came from the garden with the exception of the Parmasean cheese.

Can you say delicious?  Yes, it was.  Can you tell that I have a little bit of a love thing for these beans?

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Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.