The fan club however does not particularly favor them so I have learned to push thrm back to the the more distant recesses of my culinary imagination. Yesterday however they were in my face, and I just had to cook some. I knew that, as usual, I could make a dish that they, my fan club, thought they did not like, but then would end up gobbling up. I did have a plan B, and that why we ended up with a double cous cous night. Topping numero uno: refried cumin fava beans. Topping numero due: shrimp in light oreganata sauce.
I selected the frozen , imported ones from my freezer. The are pre-shelled, and do tenerize quite well aftr cooking them. I threw them into a small pot along with a small onion, two bay leaves, three cloves of garlic , a few grape tomatoes, kosher salt, a hot dried red chili , a small green , pepper cut into halves and a few tablespoons of EVOO. I added some water, just enough to cover the beans by an inch. Bring to a boil then let them slowly simmer for about two and a half hours. Finally , let them cool , and stored in the in the fridge overnight so that their flavor would enhance further. At that point they are ready to be eaten, or combined with a starch of come kind : rice, pasta, cous-cous, Bulgar wheat, potatoes and even fried green plantains.
Refried Cumin Fava Beans Cous Cous
|Refried Cumin Fava Beans Cous Cous|
I know that fava beans might be an acquired taste for some, but I did want to leave you with a collage of their green beauty .
|Fava Bean Collage - Source: Google Search|
Shrimp in Light Oreganata Sauce Cous Cous
|Shrimp in Light Oreganata Sauce Cous Cous|
For extra flavor , use shrimp with the tail end shell on. Also, once the shrimp are cooked through, remove them from the skillet and further reduce the sauce.
To prepare your dishes, make some fast cous cous, fluff it up with a fork and top with your favorite topping of the night. The fan club had choices this time. And yet, predictably they liked both.
A Becks Dark hit the spot as I sampled a bit of each of the dishes.