Artichoke with fava sauce

June 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on Artichoke with fava sauce § permalink

  • 8 artichokes with stems
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons
  • deep pot covered with water and 1 lemon juice
  • 1 t. sugar
  • salt
  • Start breaking off outer leaves by using a rubber glove.

    Leave 1cm lenght of the stem and trim the rest. Peel the artichoke until tender leaves in the center.

    Rub with lemon the peeled part of the artichoke. Now remove the tender leaves and hairy chokes with a teaspoon.

    Immediately rub with lemon to stop discolouring. Place the peeled artihokes in a deep pot with enough water and lemon juice mixture.

    Peel the stems and cut them about 10 cm. long sticks. Immerse them also in water and lemon mixture.

    Saute the chopped onion with oil in the pressure cooker. Place the artichokes to the pressure cooker by controlling whether they are discoloured.

    If yes, before placing to the pressure cooker, re-carve tenderly only the darkened parts with a knife edge.

    Add 3/4 cup of water,1 t. lemon juice, salt and sugar. Cook 10 – 15 minutes until the artichokes are tender.

    for the fava sauce:

  • 1/2 cup dried horse beans (dry fava ~ ???? ??????????)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt
  • parsley (to garnish)
  • Soak overnight the dry fava in water.

    Next day, cook fava with onion in a pressure cooker until soft.

    Put the well boiled dry fava in a food processor. Add extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt.

    Mix until it is smooth and thick. Make a fava puree.

    Pour the fava puree to a serving plate and place the artichokes on it.

    Garnish with parsley.

    Horse bean with olive oil

    February 27th, 2010 § Comments Off on Horse bean with olive oil § permalink

    Fava beans or horse beans in ancient Greece and Rome, were used in voting. Today, in Italy, horse beans are sown on November 1, for Tutti i Santi- All Souls Day.

    Many farmers plant horse beans just because they replenish the soil with nutrient nitrogen. Fresh horse beans started to be found in the market to prepare a tasty fava beans with olive oil and to welcome the spring.

  • 1/2 kg fresh horse beans
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 fresh onions (minced)
  • 3 fresh garlic with stems(minced)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 6 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 tangerine juice
  • 1/2 t. sugar
  • salt
  • chopped dill to garnish
  • Wash the horse beans and pod cut them from both sides. If it is mature enough, take the beans out.

    Saute the chopped onion with 3 T olive oil in the pressure cooker. Place the horse beans and the rest of the ingredients to the pressure cooker. Add salt, sugar, lemon and tangerine juices with 3/4 cup water.

    Cook 20 – 30 minutes until they are tender.

    Place the horse beans to a service plate, pour extra virgin olive oil and garnish with chopped dill. Serve cold with yogurt.

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