I guess I have been on a bit of a food kick lately, but some of the food is so different than what we have in the United States. Food is always so fresh that I can’t help but try it.
Fava beans were something I had always heard of,
“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” -Dr. Hannibal Lecter
but never seen at the markets before. With the onset of spring, the beans were ripe and Italian Grandmas were buying them by the bag load. So, I bought a few.
The beans themselves had to be removed from two shells. First, the thick outer pod, with its fuzzy inner lining. Then, I quickly boiled them in some salt water and the bean slipped out of their individual shell. For the size of the pod, the actual beans are really tiny.
I mashed them together with some lentils, olive oil, and salt and spread them on a piece of baguette and then added a slice of fresh mozzarella. It was so fantastic and fresh. Perfect for a warm spring day in Toscana!