Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Bowl of Butter Beans with Kalettes

D keeps asking me 'Are there any cookbooks you want?'  

He knows, its a silly question as I will always say Yes.  But recently I haven't been saying 'yes' as I have to be realistic.  Will I ever cook from all these cookbooks?  I am trying, honestly.  I won't tell you how many cookbooks I have, but my bookshelf is burgeoning, that it  just looks a mess.  So, I have been having a slow sneaky clear out of cookbooks that I know that I will not really use, starting with celebrity chefs: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as it happens (and his new River Cottage merchandise will only come into my home now via the library which I have been frequently a lot in recent years.  Don't be upset with me Hugh I still have a signed copy of you DVD and your Veg Every Day).  D does not know that I am doing this (yet) and I don't really want him to notice it yet as he thinks we have space in our home right now.  Part of me agrees and part of me does not, and hey if he wants to treat me to some more cookbooks, well I better make some room.

Anyway onto food. I made this Butter Bean and Kalette recipe around the time I made Butter Beans with Red Pepper Hearts , as I had some cooked butter beans left and wanted to use them up quickly.  
For those of you scrolling to the bottom of the page in search of the recipe, will have to forgive me as I cannot remember the recipe for this Butter Bean and Kalette dish.  I do however remember it being very simple and light like a broth and the butter beans just melted.  The original recipe had Brussels sprouts, but as I am not that keen on them, I changed it with kalettes also known as purple flower spouts that were in season at the time.  
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Purple Flower Sprouts, they are a hybrid of Brussels Sprouts and Kale.    
I am sharing this  green and white bowl of Butter Beans and Kalettes with Souper Sundays hosted by Kahakai Kitchen

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  1. We had a big pot of lima beans this week too...wishing that I had some purple flower sprouts too...they look yummy!

    ~Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I'd like to know what you will do with you lima beans :)

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  2. I eat both Brussels Sprouts and Kale, so will look for this hybrid.

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    1. I think you would like kalettes, they are not as bitter as sprouts - hope you find some in the near future

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  3. I love kalettes - though I don't think that was the name I knew them by - unfortunately can't remember what it was for the life of me. I remember I really liked the taste though! I think this looks simple, light and delicious - all things I love in food!

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    1. Thanks Joey, yes I have seen kalettes known by a number of names :)

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  4. your raw kalettes look so gorgeous it seems a shame to cook them but your stew looks delicious. And I understand the cookbook dilemma - too much temptation and too little space - I have slowed in buying cookbooks lately especailly after a spate of buying books I never had time to look at.

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    1. Your right, it was a shame to cook them - I guess I could have shredded them and massaged with some oil, but I still think the prettiness would have been lost. I am trying to decide which celebrity cookbooks to donate to the charity shops next ...

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  5. WOW! Those purple flower sprouts are beautiful!

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    1. They are pretty amazing raw, not so much pretty when cooked - perhaps they would be good in a salad

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  6. That really tickled me "if you're looking for a recipe, i forgot it!".
    I just tried to post a comment on a different post but it wouldn't work as I couldn't login to my blog from my phone. I'll try this using email, fingers crossed it reaches you!

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    1. :) So great to hear from you Nic. I do come by often but don't always comment. Love watching your little family grow and you mindful/grateful posts have been really humbling to read.

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  7. I am impressed at D offering you cookbooks! Mr Bite has never asked such a question :D This looks like a great simple but delicious meal.

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  8. Hi Shaheen, I have been whittling down my cookbooks too. I am down to about 60 on display (plus the ones no one knows about) Hugh is on my list. Love both his veg books, the latest especially. Made just the best tempeh meat balls from Isa Does It tonight. Couple with a garlicky tomato sauce and spaghetti. Lovely.

    Lees is definitely more. Find I have been cooking 2-3 new recipes a week. Realistically I don't need any more recipe books - in reality I will be very discerning from now on.

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    1. So good to hear from you Ray. I do like HFW as his was the first books to come into my home, but I don't think I will use them again. I have veg, but the most recently i have borrowed from the library. I do have Isa Does It. I will check out the tempeh meatball recipe :) Like you I realistically, do not need any more cookbooks but get tempted by those with unusual recipes or those with a little more technique than the well photographed 'food porn' which there are way too many being published at the moment as ita all vogue and not all are that good. I just have to be savvy. Good to read that you have been cooking some new recipes and enjoy doing that.

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