In collaboration with Tasty, Easy Lamb.
I’ve just come back from an early morning bike ride. There’s a definite air of Autumn in the wind I cycled into on my way back home. It’s this time of year where I start craving hearty comfort food – casseroles, slow cooked dishes, carbohydrates… too many carbohydrates!
To be honest, I make this particular dish year round with various cuts of lamb. It’s also my summer-time ‘I’m going out on a day’s adventure and want my food ready for me when I get home because I’m going to be starving‘ go-to recipe. In which case I quite literally throw everything into the slow cooker first thing in the morning, head out for my adventure, and then when I get home I pop the broad beans in to warm up, wash up for dinner and whip up some couscous to serve.
Proper comfort food in a bowl. Any leftovers reheat really, really well the next day. I think the flavours develop even further over night. Reheat in the oven for 30 minutes, with the lid on, and there’s two day’s worth of dinner with very little effort. My kind of cooking!
I’ve featured broad beans in this particular version of my family-favourite recipe as they regularly make an appearance in my veg box this time of year. I absolutely love fresh broad beans – there’s nothing else like them. Honestly, don’t be tempted to replace fresh beans with frozen ones or (gah!) tinned, as it just won’t be the same.
Fresh broad beans need double podding – something I realise many people are not aware of. When you first remove the beans out of their giant pea pods each little bean is encased in another light green rubbery layer. Boil them for four minutes, drain and blanch them in a bowl of cold water and then spend the next ten minutes quite therapeutically using your thumbnail to slice open the side of the light green case and let the vibrant green broad bean slip out.
If you can’t source fresh broad beans feel free to use a tin of drained chickpeas instead. It still works. You could also replace the apricots with dates or prunes if you wish.
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