Broad Beans with bacon

This blog started out as a foodie inspired blog back in September. I intended to put together a collection of easy dairy free recipes. But as time has flown by over the last few months I realize that I have uploaded barely any recipes lately. I have done plenty of cooking though. Nearly every day, I’d like to add proudly. Even with two small children. But I just don’t seem to get around posting the recipes.

I made broad beans yesterday. Was a first for me. Took a few pictures, so here goes.

Ingredients

Broad beans (I bought just under a kilo of broad beans at the Mahon farmers market, still in their pods)
Half a red onion, finely chopped
Garlic, crushed
200gr of smoked bacon (I used Gubbeen)
200ml of vegetable stock

Start with removing the broad beans from their pods. Discard the pods and put the beans in salted boiling water for up to 5 minutes. Drain and let cool down. Once cooled down, remove the outer skin of the beans.

Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the chopped onions and crushed garlic. Add the bacon. Once the bacon is nice and crispy, poor the mixture in a large bowl on a bit of kitchen foil to drain excess fat. Poor half of the vegetable stock in the pan and give a good stir. Add the broad beans and bring down the temperature to simmer. Add the bacon and bean mixture and the rest of the vegetable stock and leave simmer for another fifteen minutes or until the beans are soft.

Can be served with pasta (that is how Mia, our pastafarian had hers) or as a side salad. We had ours on a slice of brown bread, to go with a courgette and red lentil soup.