Monday, January 16, 2012


serves two

1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ medium white onion
½ clove garlic
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
25 grams (a couple of rashers) streaky bacon,
100 grams (about 400 grams of unpodded ones) shelled broad beans,
½ small red chili
about a tablespoon of fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon tahini
2 small pita breads
20ml (or a heaped tablespoon) crème fraîche

Blanch or fry the beans for a couple of minutes until the skins split/separate, cool and then shell. Whilst the beans are cooling, cut the bacon and chili up into small pieces, peel and slice the onion, peel and crush the garlic and, if necessary, rinse the mint. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the bacon until crisp then add the de-skinned beans and chili. Stir well and cook for a minute or two. Add the onion and garlic to the beans and bacon, stir in well and cook for another minute. Whilst the onion is cooking, you can, if you want, heat the pitta breads up briefly (a minute in a toaster will do it) then split them. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the tahini, balsamic vinegar and mint. Divide the salad between the breads and, if you want, season and add a dessertspoon of crème fraîche.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Cook At Home by Peter Gordon. Hodder & Stoughton, 1999. On WTF Do I Eat Tonight? July 27, 2011

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