The broad beans in the veg patch have been attacked by a mass of green insects and, consequently, we have only managed four pods so far from about 20 plants – very disappointing as I had such high hopes. Never fear, the mother-in-law has been to the rescue, sending up supplies from her (always prolific) plants in West Somerset, which is a relief as I always think that supermarket broad beans taste as if they’ve been sitting around for ages.
Broad beans with chorizo is one of my favourite combinations and tonight I blanched the beans, fried some chorizo and chopped spring onions for a minute or two in some olive oil and put the whole lot in a salad bowl with some fresh thyme and a little lemon juice.
With it, grilled garlic and lemon-marinated chicken breasts and a few new potatoes (also provided by the mother-in-law) tossed in extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and paprika.
Our wine this evening was a red Saumur 2007 from Cabernet Franc – a light-bodied wine from the Loire that benefits from a light chilling on a hot day and worked wonderfully with the paprika/chorizo flavours which were prominent in the dish. A heavier style of rosé would work too – Grenache-based from Southern France or Spain (Lirac, Tavel, Navarra spring to mind).
By the way, it’s not all doom and gloom in the garden. Yesterday I made courgette fritters using our very own courgettes – delicious. The cucumbers are going crazy as are the tomatoes, sweetcorn and aubergines.