fava e piselli

Italian Food and Flavours

fava e piselli


A few weeks ago we posted “A herald of spring in deepest November” a blog about Fabio’s dish of fresh spring peas with artichokes. Here is a variation on the theme using anchovies with the Fava beans. Not quite “liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti” but tasty none the less!

This Le Marche recipe, inspired by the wish to make a healthy, green dish for lunch and by looking through my freezer to discover: freshly frozen fava and peas from my summer orto  (vegetable garden) which can be briefly cooked from frozen to create a healthy, speedy salad.


two handfuls of frozen fava beans

two handfuls of peas


extra virgin olive oil

white wine vinegar

a garlic clove

Pecorino cheese ( a local Le Marche sheep’s cheese )


Boil the fava beans for 5 minutes, then run under the cold tap. They they pop out of their dull outer skins easily to reveal a fresh green inner bean. Boil the peas from frozen for three minutes and allow to cool.

Meanwhile make a dressing with 4/5 crushed anchovies, a garlic clove, olive oil and vinegar (with a ratio of 1:5 vinegar to oil) with some freshly milled black pepper. No salt required as the anchovies provide a lovely kick to the dressing.

Simply mix the beans, peas and dressing together. arrange on a serving dish and garnish with shavings of pecorino cheese.


A herald of spring in deepest November..

Italian Food and Flavours

..spring peas are pushing upwards towards the winter sun and with them the reminder that the cold weather is soon over and outdoor living will be upon us again..including of course fine dining and delicious dishes of spring vegetables cooked as only the Italians know how.
One of Fabio’s preferred dishes using fresh peas is a combination of crisp newly picked broadbeans, melt in the mouth peas and the intense earthy flavours of young artichokes cooked to perfection with herbs and just a splash of the local white wine. This makes a simple but gratifying anti-pasto or contorno that would impress even the most die-hard “foodie” in your life.
Of course you will have to wait for Spring to sample this delicacy other than with your imagination. If your tastebuds have been woken up from hibernation by the thought of sweet young peas, a winter alternative using the frozen remainders of a bumper crop could include tender pea omelettes or a puree of peas, garlic, fresh new olive oil and your favourite herbs in which to dip chunks of toasted crusty bread in front of a roaring log fire….
Watch this space for a profusion of mouth watering recipes using the simple but high quality ingredients that the Italian countryside is renowned for.