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February 15, 2013

and we breathe it in | broad bean dip

For three weeks over the Christmas period, nobody tended the Maitland St garden. The beans grew tall in our absence and we came back to a jungle, and a lot of broad beans to eat. Last year, when the lovely neighbours C and E moved out of Maitland St, we inherited their blender which we had previously borrowed often. Suddenly, a whole new range of recipes were possible: spice pastes, hummus, smoothies .. I'm not sure you'll ever see a smoothie recipe on here - does anyone ever measure things for smoothies?

However, for those of you lucky enough to have a blender, or a neighbour willing to loan you one, this broad bean dip is easy and delicious. It's a little spicy but tastes a bit like guacamole. I even brought some in for my workmates who said they didn't like broad beans but would try it anyway. They declared it delicious: "It doesn't even really taste of broad beans!"

broad bean dip

2 cups broad beans
juice of 2 lemons
1 clove garlic
1 small onion
1 tsp cumin
1/2 cup plain, unsweetened yoghurt
chilli flakes
sea salt
olive oil (optional)

If your broad beans are fresh, take them out of their pods. If their husks are leathery/grey, pop them out of those too. Put them in a bowl, and blanch them by pouring boiling water over them and leave for 2 minutes before draining. While the beans are cooking, chop the onion and garlic. Blend everything together. Usually I put the beans in first and add the lemon juice or yoghurt and spices second. If it's too thick, you can add a little olive oil or more lemon juice. I've never needed to because the yoghurt we use is quite liquid. If you use something thicker, like a greek-style yoghurt, you might find the oil is necessary.


Maitland St. is a little cut off at the moment - we're without internet! Equal parts frustrating and liberating .. regular posting will return soon! In the meantime, if you're into bread baking, Amber's having a giveaway over at her blog that's worth checking out.


title from nick cave - we no who u r. Terrible title but it's the beautiful first track of his most recent album "Push the Sky Away". I cannot stop listening to it. You can listen here if you like.


  1. Thanks G for commenting on my blog! I think I will have to hang out over here for a bit, bloody delicious looking food! I used to flat with a crazy girl from Dunedin years ago! Have a great Saturday!

  2. Yummmmm again. Everything is always delicious and nutritious that you do. Love it here. Oh and thank you so much for my giveaway mention. Hope you get internet back soon..xxxx

  3. Wow, looks lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  4. ah so delicious and a great way to use surplus broad beans. thanks lovely

  5. This looks lovely! That sounds pretty awesome, coming home to a jungle of broad beans!!
    Thanks for sharing all your recipes. (And no, I never measure when it comes to smoothies either...)
    Ronnie xo