Thursday, 2 December 2010

Butter Bean Butter Boom

We've had a hard few days in our household this week, hence the fact that I only have one post this week. My Keith had double knee surgery and is recovering on the couch, unable to bend his knees. It's amazing how you can take a body part for granted until it's out of action and then you're literally floored!

Meatless Monday became a trip to the Spur (a local steak house), Tuesday was something re-heated (after fetching my patient from the hospital) but by Wednesday I just had to have something healthy - my body was screaming from all the junk from the last few days.

I always have a tin of butter beans (Lima beans) in the pantry. They are my favourite standby for just about any meal - from butter bean mash to plain in a bowl with salt and olive oil. The creamy sweetness filled with goodness, opening the tin makes me feel healthy!

This simple butter bean, grilled vegetables and harissa paste salad was so good, I wish I  had made more.

Butter Bean Salad with Harissa Paste and Grilled Vegetables
1 Tin Butter Beans (drained and washed)
10ml Harissa Paste (I used shop bought, but you can make your own)
Zest of 1 Lemon and the juice of ½ the Lemon
10ml Palm Sugar (or plain sugar)
4 Courgettes slice diagonally and char-grilled
½ Yellow or Red Pepper seeded, sliced and char-grilled
10ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
10ml roughly chopped parsley
Salt and Black Pepper
Rye Bread, thinly sliced, rubbed with olive oil and grilled with the vegetables

Place all the ingredients in a bowl, expect the bread and allow to marinate for 1 hour.
Serve the salad on the hot toasted bread.
Garnish with fresh parsley.


Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

I absolutely love butter beans but you've reminded me I've not eaten them for ages. I think I've only done them from tins and not soaked them but whichever why I prepare them it's high time I did them again. This combination looks great!

Juno said...

A fantastic salad Rose: this is so my sort of food. Your photograph is mouthwatering, and I LOVE the clever title of your post.

Kimberly Peterson said...

LOL i just had a giggle reading this post title out loud :)

I really hope Keith heals quickly. It is definitely not fun to have an injury like that.. hope he's not in too much pain.

Jamie said...

As simple as this is it is stunning! We always keep cans and jars of beans in the cupboard but you've created something fabulous with the flavors you've added. Absolutely love it!

Nina Timm said...

Shame Rose, give my regards to your man. I hope is recovers soon. Chloe got out the wheelchair today for the first time in 8 weeks!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, he had both knees done at the same time? My best wishes for his speedy recovery.

I know your wonderful cooking will help him :) These beans sound delicious! I love butter beans.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Rose, I forgot to mention in my comment to you yesterday that the leaves on my pies were made with pastry cutters from Williams Sonoma. You can check them out on their website or at their store if you have one near you.

Marisa said...

This is my kinda meal - love the spicy hit from the harissa.

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

What an awesome name for a dish :-)
I'm SO gonna try this one, probably tomorrow when I'm having some frnz over for lunch!

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