Well, the first thing to say is that we did not eat JUST Broad Beans. I also used some of my "Red Duke of York" potatoes, and a batch of "Purple Top Milan" Turnips.
The veg was also to be accompanied by some Pork steaks, which I cooked quickly in a very hot griddle-pan:
When I trimmed the pork I kept the trimmings and cooked them slowly in a frying-pan so that all the fat ran out. I then used this fat to cook some onions over a very low heat for about 45 minutes, before adding some sliced Chestnut mushrooms and cooking for another 15 minutes or so:
I cooked the Broad Beans in a pan of boiling water, for about 2 or 3 minutes only, since they went tender very rapidly. Actually you can eat them raw if you want. I then added about 200ml of Elmlea (low-fat cream substitute) to the onions and mushrooms to make a creamy sauce, and tipped in the cooked beans.
To this was added a very large handful of chopped herbs.
I used Chives, Sage, Parsley, Oregano, Mint, Thyme and Winter Savory:
While all this was going on, I boiled the turnips until tender - about 10 minutes, I think. Since they were such young ones I didn't peel them, but simply halved them and cut out the stalks. I had boiled and drained the potatoes earlier and left them to cool a little. When everything was ready, I plated up:
It was all nice to eat, but the tender young beans in that unctuous savoury sauce were undobtedly the stars of the show!
We'll be having plenty more Broad Beans soon (though never enough!), so I hope to be able to describe some other ways of cooking them...