Broad Bean Hot Pot (4-6)

A favourite spanish dish from ” The Cooking of Spain” by Elizabeth Luard. It is best made when the broad beans are small and tender and the pods can be included. You can use older podded beans or frozen ones if later in the season. It is lovely with thick slices of bread, rubbed with garlic and trickled with olive oil. Any leftovers, drained of extra juices, make a very good tortilla.

Lentils with Pomegranate and Cashews (4)

My friend Angela introduced me to this colourful and healthy all in one daal from Rukmini Iyer’s ” The Green Roasting Tin”. It was so good i had to cook it myself a few days later, omitting the cashews and serving with sausages. But it is also very good on its own, served with naan or rice. I was a bit doubtful that the lentils would cook properly in the oven, but they were perfect.