Spinach and White Bean Salad

We still have spinach…. I pulled one row out the other day. I made a salad with some and soup for winter with the rest. It was bolting in the heat. Spinach and white beans with a light vinaigrette and topped with crispy shallots makes a lovely, first course or light lunch salad. The shallots … Continue reading…

Green and White Beans, Tomatoes, Shallots and Sage

One more green bean recipe. The plants are having a last hurrah at the moment but I won’t be here to enjoy it. This is similar to the one I made a few weeks ago except for one key ingredient change: sage rather than basil. Fresh sage is at its best right now, giving a … Continue reading…

White and Red Beans with Tomatoes and Sage, togetherness

Some foods simply belong together. Hamburgers and French Fries. Fish and Chips. Pot Roast and Potatoes. Tomatoes and Basil. For me Roast Lamb needs Lentils and Confit of Duck…. Maybe it’s the Cassoulet connection, but I couldn’t think of anything more fitting with the Roast Duck Confit than one of my favorite white bean dishes. … Continue reading…

Risotto con Fagioli; Ham and White Bean Risotto

I love risotto.   Since the first time I had it in Venice I have been smitten. That year, for Christmas, mon mari gave me a cookbook: ‘Risotto’. A simple title for a simple book… Just recipes for classic Italian risotto. Nothing fancy, nothing creative or innovative or cutting edge. This is the first one … Continue reading…

White Beans with Chard

My chard did very well during the beginning of summer – so well, in fact that, by the beginning of August, it was a bit out of control. I cut it all back. It stopped growing. It certainly could have been that it didn’t like the hot, dry weather – even though it was watered … Continue reading…

Sausage, Quinoa and Cannellini Salad, the festival

We had a good run of lettuce this season.  I still have a row of romaine left…. Maybe for another few days. All the cool rainy weather was good for the lettuce. Now it’s sunny and hot…. Bad for the lettuce but good for the tomatoes, green beans and sweet corn. The early summer garden … Continue reading…