Pan-fried Corona Beans & Kale

Pan-fried Corona Beans & Kale Recipe


The other day I found myself in the basement of San Francisco's Anthropologie store. I'd fallen for the rose & tuberose solid Frazer Parfum on my way down, and was at the base of the grand staircase, looking at starlight rings and beaded necklaces, when a pretty lady, sitting with her daughter, smiled at me. A few minutes later she asked if my name was Heidi, and she said she knew me from my site - this site!...

I'm so glad she said hello. It turns out we have quite a number of things in common, and I'm sure we could have talked about cooking, or photography, or places to visit for hours. Her daughter was a sweet pea and very patient with us. Anyhow, I feel like I left the house looking for a pair of black ballet flats, and ended up making a friend instead. It turns out she has a site too- and as I was looking through it, this lemon kale pesto with nutmeg jumped out at me. I had some beans soaking at home and decided to somehow weave the beans and the lemon kale pesto idea together.

Pan-fried White Beans and Kale

I deconstructed the kale pesto, and didn't end up chopping it finely (or pureeing it). In the end, the whole thing was very similar to one of the recipes I included in Super Natural Cooking - but at the same time, remarkably different. Because of the toasted walnuts (I didn't have pecans on hand) and the hint of nutmeg, an entirely different flavor profile developed. The fresh lemon zest and juice, added for the finale, tied all the flavors together in an unexpected, complex, and offbeat way. If you've been a fan of that SNC recipe (page 152), give this version a try, and take note of how a few little ingredient tweaks can make such a huge difference. Don't leave out the nutmeg. Dare I say I like this one better?

Thanks for the inspiration Jessica. I'm so glad our paths crossed.


Pan-fried Corona Beans & Kale

A few notes related to the recipe - be sure to wash the kale well, so you don't end up with grit in your beans. I use dried beans (that I've cooked myself) here, and would highly recommend using them over canned beans - they brown up better and are less likely to go to mush. I used giant corona beans, but you could use runner cannellini, or something similar. I like the white beans because they take on a lot of color in the pan. Alternate recipe - I'm confident you could do this preparation with gnocchi (don't boil the gnocchi first) in place of the beans.

1/2 bunch / 6 oz / 170 g dino kale or lacinato kale, remove stems

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 - 3 big handfuls of cooked large white beans (see head notes)

1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/3 cup / 1 1/2 oz / 45 g walnuts, lightly toasted
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
scant 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup / 1/2 oz / 15 g freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Finely chop the kale, wash it, and shake off as much water as you can. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in the widest skillet you own. Add the beans in a single layer. Stir to coat the beans, then let them sit long enough to brown on one side, about 3 or 4 minutes, before turning to brown the other side, also about 3 or 4 minutes. The beans should be golden and a bit crunchy on the outside.

Add the kale and salt to the pan and cook for less than a minute, just long enough for the kale to lose a bit of its structure. Stir in the walnuts and garlic, wait 10 seconds, then stir in the nutmeg. Wait ten seconds and stir in the lemon juice and zest. Remove from heat and serve dusted with Parmesan cheese.

Serves 2 - 4.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 10 min

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Comments


This looks so good and comforting! I love the story behind it too!!

February 28, 2010
 

MemeGRL

Thanks so much for listing the alternatives. It is a huge help to those of us who are tied to recipes in the kitchen!

February 28, 2010
 

What a sweet story, and the beans & kale look great. At first glance, I thought the beans were gnocchi!

February 28, 2010
 

I think it is so neat that you met a fan at Anthropologie. I hope to meet you in person one day too!

This looks like a wonderful, flavorful and filling bean dish. I love the plumpness of the corona beans.

February 28, 2010
 

So awesome to meet a friend! Andddd...get a new recipe!

February 28, 2010
 

That's a really great story. And I love the way you describe Anthropologie. My dream job (I think... It's really hard to know) is to design their stores someday, and make them look just as poetic as you make this one sound.

I wonder if I would recognize you if I saw you in the real world. I hope so.

February 28, 2010
 

I don't think I've ever tried corona beans. Will be on the lookout for them.

FYI, I've been a loyal follower for years and you have hipped me up to plenty! I was thrilled to meet you briefly last year at the IACP Conference in Denver and appreciated your encouraging words when I mentioned I wanted to start a food site. You are an inspiration for many.

HS: It was great meeting you as well Andrea.


February 28, 2010
 

omg i LOVE kale pesto. i've never tried it with lemon, but obv it would be amazing. love your dish. glad that you found inspiration from a lovely coincidence.

February 28, 2010
 

hypechick

I just discovered your blog and LOVE it. I'm always looking for inspiration in the kitchen. This might seem like a silly question but do you soak and cook the dried beans before putting them in the pan?

HS: Yes, soak and cook the beans first. :)

February 28, 2010
 

What a cool story - sounds like you two were meant to meet! This recipe looks lovely - I might try it with spelt pagodas. By the way I made a lovely version of the Pounded Walnut Pesto you had on here a while back - I added some cavalo nero and it turned out great. Thanks!

March 1, 2010
 

I LOVE giant beans. I'm Greek and we eat them a lot! I've never tried them with kale before. I sure am gonna give it a go. Looks great!
Magda

March 1, 2010
 

Great! I just bought Kale, to use in a green smoothie.

Did I just admit that?

In any case, I love all the components going into your recipe, and I feel healthier just looking at it; it's a must-try.

March 1, 2010
 

This looks great. Kale is one of my favourite veg, too.

March 1, 2010
 

Very cool to make friends when you least expect it!

Beans n Greens is one of our favorite meals and this version looks extra tasty! I really like the addition of the walnuts.

March 1, 2010
 

Great story and delicious recipe!

March 1, 2010
 

Awesome recipe! Since I no longer eat cheese, I'm always on the lookout for a seasoning to add extra flavor to my beans 'n' greens dishes. I added some of Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning to my last batch, and everyone loved it! It's in a grinder, so can be added easily at the table.

Can't wait to try the gnocchi variation! Thanks!

March 1, 2010
 

what a wonderful story. i love chance meetings. this looks delicious and i'm intrigued by the addition of nutmeg. as i am gnocchi obsessed, i will have to give that variation a whirl too!

March 1, 2010
 

Gayatri

so cool to run into somebody with similar interests, tastes, and thought processes. I just checked her blog, and she seems to be so much like you. Cheers on your new friendship.
on the recipe note, I love it when I find a way to use kale. I like to incorporate it in the cooking for its nutritional benefits, but often find myself running out of ideas on how. So, thanks a ton to you and Jessica.
Jessica, in case you are reading this, I love your site, and will be visiting it regularly.

March 1, 2010
 

oh wow! this looks so amazing! I love the idea of large beans and kale, my favorite! I cant' wait to try this!

March 1, 2010
 

This looks great, I plan to try it in a few days. I love the way you cook and the ingredients you use. Last week I tried your Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh, and loved it. I would love to repost it on my blog, linking to you and giving you credit of course. Would that be ok?

March 1, 2010
 

Mouse

Gorgeous recipe - kale and pesto are two of my favourite things so I'm very happy to see this. Feel sorry for your new friend's daughter, though. Who wants to be described as a 'sweat pea' in a cooking blog? :-)

HS: Wow. That's what I get for posting while cooking dinner. Thanks for the catch Mouse.

March 1, 2010
 

hm, this looks delicious. I have a weak sopt for beans. yum!

March 1, 2010
 

I have just discovered kale and have fallen in love with it... spinach may get jealous, but there's room for more than two deep green leafies in my life... that being said, this recipe looks very interesting and a good addition to a meatless day's menu, but... isn't the garlic a bit bitter when it is added without a bit of taming in hot olive oil? I'm just asking before I commit to making it the first time...

March 1, 2010
 

I love kale and I am always looking for more ways to incorporate beans in my diet.

Your blog also has me wishing I had more places to go shopping for food. Luckily the farmer's markets will be opening before I know it, so I won't be as tied to my humdrum supermarket.

March 1, 2010
 

I didn't think there was a bean out there I haven't tried, but you found one! Always on the lookout for a reason to buy dried beans...thanks...

March 1, 2010
 

This looks heavenly! It's always fun to learn about a new bean!

March 1, 2010
 

theano

The kale in our yard just keeps going... and going... and going...
I put it in just about every dish!

March 1, 2010
 

Somehow it seems appropriate that while reading a story about unexpected meetings, I should unexpectedly see a comment from a fellow expat I've recently met online!

Kale is quite popular here in the Netherlands and as I love beans of any sort, this has turned out to be the perfect dish to go with my dinner tonight. Can't wait to try it! I always add nutmeg to spinach; it makes perfect sense to add it to kale, too.

March 1, 2010
 

Holly

I have made this from your book and it is outstanding. The beans come out creamy on the inside and crusty on the outside. My kids and some of their friends polished off a whole batch as a snack using their fingers. I stocked up on corona beans last year when they went on clearance at Williams-Sonoma (originally $13), but have not found any since. They are expensive, but they are the most fabulous beans.

March 1, 2010
 

Gotta love kale recipes...you always find a fabulous way to include it in every dish...love this recipe..Thanks Heidi!

March 1, 2010
 

Using a pesto-type sauce to flavor beans is a great idea! Your chopping the pesto a little coarser than traditional pesto recipes for this bean dish makes good sense to me too.

In fact, the idea of pesto as a flavoring can be used in a lot of other recipes than pasta too, now that you've got me thinking about it.

March 1, 2010
 

Wow, this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it, I can't wait to try it.

March 1, 2010
 

OK, yum.
Must make this.
Oh, and now you made me want to go shopping at Anthropologie too!

March 1, 2010
 

It is great that blogs allow us to meet so many like minded persons, and it is really fantastic that this led to your real life meeting. Such a sweet story, miles away from what being a 'celebrity' usually means!
Thanks also for the kale recipe: I really like it, but there is only that many times you can eat plain kale without getting bored.. Any new twists welcome!

March 1, 2010
 

Wow, how cool to meet another food blogger, especially when you're just out and about, minding your own business. I for one would be terrible at recognizing someone from their photos alone - so you could walk past me and I'd never know. This dish looks delicious.

March 1, 2010
 

Hi Heidi,
This looks so delicious! Thanks for always inspiring!
I have a fresh shipment of Rancho Gordo Beans, and I think they'll go well in this dish, oh, with polenta too!

March 1, 2010
 

Anthropologie brings 'good things to life'! And now greens n beans...my favorite combo.

March 1, 2010
 

This sounds scrumptious. I'm an experimenter, so I'll try Swiss Chard rather than the specified of kale. Chard has a milder taste, and more may be needed than the specified amount of kale. You might try collards. I'm allergic to both walnuts and lemons, so I will use pecans and limes,

March 1, 2010
 

Duff in San Francisco

I am a great fan of the '"crusted" bean recipe. You inspired me this week to go to a Rancho Gordo bean that I found at Bi-Rite--the Good Mother Stallard bean. I cooked them simply as the RG people suggest and they were wonderful. Tonight, I am going to re-use the cooked beans in this new recipe. Thanks so much.

March 1, 2010
 

Flash Tarbell

I bought some Corona beans at Williams-Sonoma, but they seem to take forever to cook--even after I soak them overnight, they never get very creamy. Any suggestions?

March 1, 2010
 

Liz B

I've just arrived home from work, was wondering what to cook with my recent grocery shopping, read your post, i have everything.. job done!!

Thank you Heidi for your never ending inspiration and answer to all my foodie needs! Cant wait to make dinner!!

x

March 1, 2010
 

This looks delicious and oh so healthy. Where do you shop for your foods?

March 1, 2010
 

Brazilianbro

Kale NEVER looked better. Your site is amazing. Thanks.

March 1, 2010
 

Thank you Heidi! Thank you everyone! What a great conclusion to a great encounter. It is really wonderful to meet a lot of you over at my blog. I am appreciating today how food brings us together in the kitchen and in our hearts. Feeling especially inspired and grateful today; thank you thank you.

March 1, 2010
 

Jessica

I think it's hilarious that the ad under the recipe is for Papa Jon's.

March 1, 2010
 

anniem

Heidi, looks very good . I am about to go and make it now. I've got a bag of baby kale from the Sunday farmers market and fresh lemons straight from the orchard yesterday so it is very timely for me. Wii have to use tinned beans though, can't wait to cook my own. Reminds me a bit of your Lemony chickpea stirfry which is a frequent favourite.

March 1, 2010
 

I'm always on the lookout for new kale recipes and can't wait to try this. I love the idea of nutmeg and lemon seasoning. Your recent posts have been so great for winter eating!

March 1, 2010
 

Danielle

I actually had most of these ingredients and just made this. So delicious! My 1 year old and I are fighting over who gets more...
I did use canned cannellini beans so they went a little mushy but still fantastic!

March 1, 2010
 

jilan

jessica is a dear friend and an amazing chef!! i am so thrilled to her on your beautiful blog!

March 1, 2010
 

Nichole Brink

Another great recipe!! Can't wait to try this one out!

March 1, 2010
 

Mary McManus

This recipe looks fabulous! I'm putting it in my CSA file. I recently made your Kabocha French Lentil Soup using no salt except some low sodium veggie broth and just a little olive oil. (We're on a low fat, low sodium diet). Anyway, the soup was fabulous w/layers of flavor.

March 1, 2010
 

That's such a sweet story--I, too, always find good stuff at Anthropologie.

I was inspired by an old chickpea recipe of yours to make pan-fried black lentils once, and I'll definitely be trying this recipe too. What interested me most was how quickly you cook the kale. I always give it much more time to boil, but I can't wait to try it this way.

March 1, 2010
 

Your blog is an inspiration to make and eat beautiful, healthy food. I love it! So much that when prompted, I had to give it a Happy Cupcake blog award...even though I doubt you have many cupcake recipes on here!

March 1, 2010
 

Wow, this recipe is completely delicious! I'm trying to not eat the whole pan before my partner comes home! I didn't have kale so I split the greens: 1/2 dandelion, 1/2 collards. Thank you!

March 1, 2010
 

I've had browned beans on the brain of late, but no idea how to pull them off. Thanks for the tips!

March 1, 2010
 

Mia

I've made something very similar from your Super Natural Cooking made with Rainbow Chard. I always use dried cannellini beans since I cannot find the giant coronoas locally.

It's - a HUGE favorite of mine... I prefer using beans to gnocchi for nutritional value (and my figure thanks me). Can't wait to try this version - soaking the beans as I type :)

As always, many Thanks to you Heidi

March 1, 2010
 

I love the look of those huge white beans. Nothing more satisfying. This looks so delicious.

March 1, 2010
 

yum...i love bean dishes...that looks so good!

March 1, 2010
 

What a perfect recipe to land in my inbox today, being the last day of summer here on the northern beaches of Sydney I am looking forward to making some warm comfort foods. And what a lovely story too - meeting like minded people and talking excitedly about shared passions is SOOO good... Thanks for all the amazing food ideas - really love (as do my kids) Nikki's healthy cookies. I really appreciate the amazing things you do with vegetarian food - it is a great resource and one that I pass on regularly to our customers and cooking school participants. Many thanks!!

March 1, 2010
 

majeda

pan corona pasta is one of the very delious pasta.i tried it and it was very successful.

March 2, 2010
 

majeda

i'm soory i wrote pasta instead of (beans) i meant the pan-fried corona beans was delicious and successful.

March 2, 2010
 

I will be trying this soon.

March 2, 2010
 

Chance encounters are wonderful. As is this recipe. Love beans!

Jenn

March 2, 2010
 

It's funny to me that I may be the only person to find 101 Cookbooks through Seaweed Snacks rather than the other way around. Jess is certainly worth reading, so glad that a chance encounter has increased traffic to her beautiful blog, and now I guess you're one up, too!

March 2, 2010
 

Kale is my new obsession! Love it!!! Looking forward to trying this

March 2, 2010
 

Still with the comfort food!! Gorgeous, but not cool enough here in Oz just yet!

March 2, 2010
 

Erin

Just made this, used the gnocchi, it was excellent.

March 2, 2010
 

Where do you get all of your fabulous dried beans? My grocery store has nothing but the basics -- I might have to mail order from Rancho Gordo.

I am hoping to grow some of my own this summer though...

March 2, 2010
 

Elena

Recipe sounds delish, but the shop is absolutely fantastic! What a shame it's sooo far away from where i live (Madrid, Spain)!!

March 3, 2010
 

Oh it's so easy to fall in love at Anthropologie! Usually it's love at first sight too :)

Nice simple dish. Great blog.

March 3, 2010
 

Heidi, the contrast in your photographs is always so beautiful--your pictures make even the simplest dishes look lush and exotic.

March 3, 2010
 

Kale is such an underrated vegetable, and so versatile. Ever the adventurer, I can't help but wonder what effect a splash of walnut oil would have had on the mixture. Thank you for sharing - This one sounds like a keeper!

March 3, 2010
 

I just realized there is not any beer in this recipe, lol. What bean could be used in place of corona beans?

March 3, 2010
 

Made this today, and it came out great and was super easy to put together. You know I'm a nut for the original version. This one is nearly equally as good, and super easy to put together.

I might try it with some breadcrumbs sometime ... just one more crunch element. Kind of like @Dana Slatkin's comment above about walnut oil.

Used RG Alubia beans. Love how lightly cooked the kale came out.

HS: Oooh. I haven't tried it (or any variation) w/ the Alubia's....I think you're onto something with the crunchy breadcrumbs. That is one of the elements I love so much in the NOPA beans. Well, that and the oregano pesto...

March 3, 2010
 

Brenda Monroe

I made this for dinner tonight with the gnocchi. I boiled the gnocchi first for about 3 or 4 minutes. I put it into the hot oil, browned it on both sides, and added the garlic to it for a minute or so before adding the kale. I thought it needed something else, so I tossed some really ripe small tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic and salt and pepper. At the table mixed those in, and ate--yummy. I didn't think there was enough flavor from one lemon and the nutmeg for the kale....without the tomatoes and acids.

March 3, 2010
 

Leigh

Made a version of this last night with garbanzo beans, kale, and slivered almonds. Nutty and buttery textures, yum! Thank you for being a consistent source of healthy recipes that widen my cooking repertoire; inspirational.

March 4, 2010
 

I feel like I should start this: "Hi Heidi, great to be on the show. Long time listener, first time caller."

Anyway, I love any recipe that measures food in "handfuls" and "bunches" as it's exactly how I like to cook! Probably the reason I love cooking but feel absolutely helpless when I bake...

Your chocolate puddle cookie recipe has been on my mind for awhile, though. Right now I'm just scared I'd eat the whole batch so I'm waiting for an event to bring them to. Thank you, thank you!

March 4, 2010
 

Chalon

My mom just bought 3 extra bunches of kale. Im going to use it to make this recipe. Thnx for sharing!

March 4, 2010
 

Lauren

Heidi - When I read your blog, I wonder when I am going to run into you around SF! Love the blog and your photos. You are such an inspiration. Do you use any special lighting for your photos?

HS: Hi Lauren, Thanks! I don't use any special lighting - just available/natural light.

March 4, 2010
 

Oh...this is really, really tasty...perfect contrast of sweet and savory...chewy and soft with a little crunch from the nuts...wow. I used pecans instead of walnuts..love it! thanks Heidi.

March 4, 2010
 

Heidi,
What an appropriate time to tell you about my recent trip to SF and surrounding areas... I printed off your posting on sites/restaurants/stores to see in SF, and I was secretly hoping I'd run into you! The trip has been amazing. Thanks so much for all the inspiration you have provided in your cookbook and blog. I've become a healthier eater because of it!

March 5, 2010
 

Wow, that recipe looks very tasty and I think it is nutritious because of the different spices added to it.

The only green food that I tasted that looks like this is the Tuna Pesto. I would love to try making this lovely dish but I don't know where to find dino kale or lacinato kale.

For me, spices are essential when it comes to food tasting and aroma, It adds an extra spice every time you smell and taste any dish especially when the spices have a very unique spice rack.

March 6, 2010
 

Michelle T.

Oh, I took this as a starting point the other night and ended up with a bit of wonderful green freshness in my bowl. It all started with a heaping pot of broccoli cooked just beyond crisp tender. I coarsely chopped in food processor with your flavor notes--nutmeg, lemon olive oil, walnuts, parmesan, sea salt and cracked pepper. It was divine, thanks for the inspiration!

March 6, 2010
 

Thanks for sharing this recipe I 'm trying to keep to a rule where I make something new 2 times per week. This will be tomorrows dinner.

March 6, 2010
 

This looks really delicious.

March 7, 2010
 

This is a perfect meal - so wholesome and filling but abundant taste. Beans and greens is a long time Italian combination. It's rainy here today and I can't wait to put this on the stove.

March 7, 2010
 

Looks absolutely delicious, and very healthy. Thanks!

March 8, 2010
 

Liz

this looks so good! I have never heard of corona beans... where can we find them?

Also, i've been searching for other organic heirloom dried beans... do you know of any places selling these? Thanks!

March 8, 2010
 

Victoria

This was so delicious, I want to make it again tomorrow night!

March 8, 2010
 

Victoria

Oh, and I'm a Vegan, so I left the cheese off. Still, sooooo delish!

March 8, 2010
 

Eve

I just made this for lunch (with the gnocchi option in place of beans) and it is fantastic. Great flavors and a wonderful variety of textures. I love it. It really elevates store-bought gnocchi. Thank you!

March 9, 2010
 

sherala

What a sweet story. I'm dying to try this. It looks delicious!

March 9, 2010
 

Heather

This inspired me to make something similar. I used garbonzo beans, spinach, a rather large shallot, and then 1/8 t each of ginger, all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, curry powder, and sage. I tossed in a small handfull of golden raisins and added lemon juice. My garnish was pine nuts, though. It was amazingly rich and warm. Sooo good! Eating leftovers today and my coworkers are jealous!

March 10, 2010
 

simon

no dish is as delicious as this one. Eveyone wants me cook for them A BIG THANX

March 11, 2010
 

Wow that looks great, I can't wait to try it out!

March 11, 2010
 

anita

This is a great recipe. I made it with spinach instead of kale b/c I couldn't find nice Kale. It was delicious.

March 12, 2010
 

Love it! My midwife told me to try cooking kale for its calcium, and this fits the bill perfectly! The only thing I did substantially different was saute a thinly sliced onion before adding the beans. I also couldn't get giant white beans in my small local store, so small white ones had to do. But I got dried and cooked them, so they were still pretty good. Excellent recipe - DH approved it for the rotation!

March 12, 2010
 

Carrie

Oh, it's also eaten by the handful by my 18 month old daughter!!

March 12, 2010
 

Nicholas Chrzan

Just made this dish and it was amazing! I couldn't find the Corona Beans, but I got the Cannellini beans and it worked perfect!

Very filling! THANKS!

March 13, 2010
 

Renee

Tried this with big limas to great effect. Delicious! Leftovers tasted great served on toast the next morning for breakfast.

March 15, 2010
 

tomatoguy

Stumbled upon this recipe and it intrigued me. I must say that even after having to sub regular lima beans as we are a bit deprived of "exotic" ingredients in Idaho. This is a wonderful filling meal that I will be having again and again....Thanks so much for sharing

March 15, 2010
 

judy sims

so seriously good! mmmmmm

March 15, 2010
 

mmmm, this is exactly what I fancy for dinner with my collard greens that are patiently sitting and waiting in the fridge for me! Thanks!

March 18, 2010
 

Ariel

I doubt I'll get a response before I have to cook dinner for company tonight, but this is the perfect last minute side dish to incorporate into the meal so it's worth a try. I was going to cook crispy kale for a starter, so it would be nice to tie that into the meal...

Anyway, my question... Obviously, I haven't any soaked beans on hand, so can anyone else tell me about their canned bean experience? Is it worth it to still try it, or should I just pick something else to make? My grocery store has a weak bean selection too, and it seems that people have done it with garbonzos and others, were these canned? And did the dish come out OK?

Thank you!

March 29, 2010
 

Ariel

Oh, I meant to ask about quick soaking beans too... Has anyone tried that method yet, and did it work?

March 29, 2010
 

Alisa

Wow - this is the first time I'm cooking kale and beans and what a treat! Thank you so much for a great and easy recipe!

March 29, 2010
 

HB

I love this recipe - I've cooked it three times already!

However, I'm having trouble thinking of something to pair it with and would love any suggestions. Crostini is ok, but (for me) it starts to be a bit starch heavy that way.

Any ideas?

Thanks for such a wonderful blog!

April 10, 2010
 

Sue

I'm not a vegetarian but since discovering your site I've realised that delicious meals can be made without meat. I've tried many of your recipes with great success, and even my husband, who likes his meat, loves them. My daughter and her son are both vegetarians, so instead of wondering what on earth I can give them, apart from boring nut cutlets, your site has given me many ideas.

But, I digress. I tried the pan-fried corona bean recipe tonight. I'm not sure what corona beans are (I'm from the UK). I used dried butter beans, soaked them for 9 hours, then cooked them. Pan fried the cooked beans as per the recipe and did everything else. The beans were tough and chewy, although the taste of the kale with the lemon, garlic and toasted walnuts was wonderful. Maybe I used the wrong type of beans and the pan frying made them become tough, or did I not soak them long enough - I don't know.

Anyway, thanks for giving me the inspiration to start cooking again.

April 12, 2010