Lately I've been in a bit of a kitchen rut, from feeling too lazy to being stretched for time. So it might seem crazy that this week I chose to cook fava beans of all ingredients. Processing them is famously time-consuming — but that's exactly why I love them.
When I came home from the farmers market with several pounds of fava beans, I suddenly questioned what I had gotten myself into. If you've ever shucked and peeled fava beans, you know it can be a laborious task to reach the tender, buttery beans inside. I started to make excuses: I have work to do / there's no time / maybe I'll skip peeling them ... and then I just gave in.
Settling down by the window, kitty by my side, I began the slow and quiet process of peeling the beans. As I caressed the soft pods and inhaled the fresh greenness of it all, my stress and time pressures simply melted away. I remembered what it is that I really love about cooking, that mindful, sensory attention to the moment, and welcomed it back into my life.
(Image credits: Emily Han)