Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fresh beans

Laziness struck us hard yesterday and at lunch time we headed to el bar de Miguel in Nigüelas for tapas and drinks but mainly sunshine. Once again Monchéri praised this little spot in the valley, blessed with mild weather and a very laid back lifesyle. As usual friends turned up and conversation rolled on food and special ways of preparing cod, and planning a future picnic on the beach. Monchéri suggested some horse riding in the countryside, un dia de estos, some day, meaning that it would surely take him a few weeks to organize the whole thing. As I was teasing him about that, someone at the table said : pues, ¡no olvides que aqui nos llaman los lentos! don't forget we're called the slow ones here ! so we'll see...!

The table next to ours was occupied by three couples with kids. Like us, they were a bit loud and cheerful. One of the men left the table for a while and came back with a bag full of habas broad beans. I quickly glanced at the content of the bag thinking, yummy.... habas con jamon serrano...broad beans with jamon serrano which is one the most common dish in spring here. The man joined his friends and put the bag on the table, then picked up a big bunch of green beans and gave them to me saying : me has lanzado una mirada tan cariñosa que sabia que querias algunas! y ademas son frescas, acaban de cogerlas...you looked at me so tenderly I knew you wanted some beans ! and also, they've just been picked up...

I love those green beans. They have a slightly bitter taste and a very nice crunchiness when you eat them raw. I've been eating nearly the whole lot while writing this post

Have a very nice week end !
this is what the sky looked like in Granada two days ago.
seems likely to be the same today


pics : me

24 comments:

Blondie said...

I love it when you post pictures of your area! Very beautiful!!!

Lisa

Susana said...

Yummy!!!! Enjoy the weekend too, Lala! We have to work today, unfortunately, but we will find time to relax later!

Sara said...

That is such a lovely photo, Lala, of the beans! Very artistic.

Our skies today are clear blue and it is going to be HOT - in the 90's. Yikes! And it is only April.

Sara

Dakota Bear said...

The beans look yummy. I really like the picture of Granada. Is this a castle or a gated city?

Ana Cristina said...

I ADORE green beans. It's a sickness, really. I'll eat them cooked, raw, you name it. I've even converted my boyf into a green bean lover. :)

Delphine said...

Hiya Lala, its good to be back ater a weeks' break- missed all the blogs so I am busy catching up!Looking at you photo of southern spain reminded me of our holidays, Hey Ho roll on Summer time. The beans looked soooo scrummy, Chris has planted broad beans and the shoots are just showing through, that shows just how behind here we are with our weather, unless yours are the hot-house variety?

pranksygang said...

your pictures are heavenly.... so beautiful.. and the green beans looks delicious..

Gillian said...

The beans scream healthy!~
Hope your weekend was sunshiney Andalusian girl.
xo

me, myself, I said...

Those beans look so yummy - your photo of them is fantastic.
Beautiful photo of Grenad (the ramparts?) - hope you had a super w/end ^_^

A Cuban In London said...

Ah, these are the same habas we call habichuelas in Cuba. beautiful and tasty. And with ham! Oh, you're killing me now!

Greetings from London.

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

Garden fresh vegetables are such a treat! Glad he was open to sharing.... ; )

vicki archer said...

I love them too - with olive oil and pecorino, xv

Anairam said...

The beans look beautiful - I love broad beans! They are actually very good in pasta as well!

corine said...

It reminds me with french' feves' beans, which is probably the same thing. they are very large and you eat them raw dipped in salt. In English fava beans.
corine/hidden in france

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felicia marie therese said...

your pictures are absolutely beautiful.
you're so lucky to be in such an amazing place.

Cheryl said...

Just found your lovely blog and I love it! Andalucia is gorgeous and so are your photos.

Claire said...

ireland and more specifically donegal county has this same type of "tomorrow" lifestyle. i am still adjusting to it but i know that in time, i will come to love and cherish it. my heart has always yearned for a simpler life... a life filled with beans and laughter and tender glances.

Christina said...

what a kind young man. he used the word tenderly, it doesn't get much better than that. ; )
xo

Carla said...

I love your blog, you have my life! Any tips on how to get my own castle in spain. Carla

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

My favorite is edimame!

dutchbaby said...

I love freshly-hulled beans also. Your photograph is beautiful with the light glistening just so. I love fava beans.

Mélanie said...

avec un peu de saucisson , c'est merveilleux

Merisi said...

Le fave! I love them raw. They are delicious eaten along with a bit of fresh ricotta cheese and good salami, as the Italians do.

I remember one time when a friend and I bought fave at the mercato and by the time we had walked home, there were none left. We had eaten them all. Back to the mercato it was!

Relyn said...

There is something so special about a kind gesture from a stranger.

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