Fava Hummus With Harissa

fava beans soaking in water

We’ve been enjoying a heatwave in London gettting on for nearly a month and with no apparent sign of it abating. In a matter of days Londoners are enjoying a good sunbathe over parched straw where soft green grass once was. When northern Europeans come to us in Spain in the dry, scorching summer they sometimes find it hard to believe that we could have green grass and flowers. “Come in autum, winter or spring”, we say “but the price of green could be a touch of rain” – I wish!

My point? Who the heck wants to eat hot food in this weather? Continue reading “Fava Hummus With Harissa”

Mango Salsa

mexican mango salsa

I first tasted this in Guanajuato in central Mexico. It came with soft, crisp flour  tortillas filled with Brie and caramelized onions. I don’t recall the main course. I’d just arrived and was so intoxicated by the colour all around me that only the this sharp, sweet, piquant salsa managed to get through the sensory overload. Continue reading “Mango Salsa”

“Olla De Frijoles Negros”: Mexican Black Beans

Mexican Black Beans

Beans have been a staple of Mexican and pre-hispanic American societies since antiquity. Eaten with maize they provide complete protein as well as plentiful amounts of folate, vitamin B1, iron and magnesium.

Mexican beans are often eaten re-fried, that delicious réchauffé of days-old bean paste, sautéed with garlic, chilli, cumin and other herbs and spices, ever tastier for each day they survive. Continue reading ““Olla De Frijoles Negros”: Mexican Black Beans”