I love a crunchy, savoury snack with a drink. In fact, I am a monster who gobbles them all. To prevent over-gobbling and dying from salt overindulgence, I decided to stick to healthier options.
Broad beans (fava beans to those of a more American persuasion) make great snacks. They are easy to cook and very tasty. You could make them from dried beans (there are recipes online) but I have a bounty of fresh beans since it's springtime.
First, pod the beans. The half tomato is not required
- breakfast leftover/morning snack
Then, boil a little water and pop the beans in.
They just need 2 minutes to loosen the skin.
Next, pop them in a colander and drain. Run the cold tap over them.
Give 'em a swim in some cold water. Then put them back in the colander and shake so the skins are loosened and wrinkled.
Pop the outside leathery skin off. It comes off very easily.
Dry the halves on paper towel so they go crispy in the oven. 10 mins or so sitting there and they are dry.
Mix them in a flavoursome concoction of your choice. I like olive oil, garlic, black pepper, chilli and Chinese five spice. A Cajun blend would be nice, too.
Pop them in the oven on a flat sheet until they're crunchy. Mine take about 25 minutes at 200oC. Just keep them in until they look munchy and they're done. Soft inside and crispy outside. Yum!
They will still be green - unlike when made from dried beans.