Spicy Fava Bean Stew
Ful Medames is the national dish of Egypt. It is a delicious, spicy stew traditionally eaten for breakfast, often with eggs. This version is inspired by the classic Egyptian dish using British-grown beans.
1) If using dried beans, soak overnight. Drain, place in a pan, cover with plenty of water and cook until tender: 33-40 minutes in a pressure cooker, an hour or more if boiling. If using canned beans, just drain and rinse
2) Chop the onions and garlic until very fine, fry gently in a little oil. Chop and mix the herbs, oil, lemon juice, chilli and spices
3) Add the spice and herb mix to the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes
4) Add the passata and tomato paste plus 100ml of water
5) Cook for a few more minutes and then add the beans, continue to simmer and taste - add sugar, sald and pepper to adjust seasoning. The beans are ready as soon as the seasoning is balanced, though you can leave them to reduce for a thicker sauce
6) Eat straight away or cool and freeze in portions. Delicious eaten with pitta bread, tomato salad and a fried egg