asparagus, broad bean and chorizo salad

rich came home last night, looked at what i was cooking and asked if i'd been eating like a squirrel while he'd been away. (no, he doesn't read the blog, otherwise he'd know that's not the case. he claims he doesn't need to read it 'cos knows what i'd say anyway, which is probably true.)

he looked so forlorn that i offered to make a starter - i knew exactly what i could rustle up in five minutes from the stuff that came in the abel&cole box. not entirely sure broad beans are primal but it seems daft not eating green stuff when it's in season.

it was lovely - spicy and fresh and light. i think a few leaves of young spinach stirred through at the last minute would have been a nice addition.

for two

a 10cm piece of chorizo, cut into cubes
a few asparagus spears, cut into 5cm pieces
a handful of freshly podded broad beans
olive oil
some parsley, finely chopped

bring a pot of salted water to boil and add the asparagus. boil for 2 mins, then add the broad beans and cook for another two. drain, then pop the beans out of their outer shell. yes, it's boring but you're only doing a few and they do taste a lot nicer.

in a frying pan, fry the chorizo until it releases it's orange, paprika-flavoured oil and starts getting crisp. add the veg and fry for a minute or so to warm them through. then stir in the parsley, and spinach if using. that's it.


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