Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Now We Are 43

So today I reached the grand old age of 43 and how much better is it than 33 or 23? 


There's no getting away from it, and nor do I want to: I'm enjoying my 40s more than I ever did the previous decades. Becoming more comfortable in my own skin helps. I'm now more likely to think "fuck it" and go for a birthday swim without worrying about what people think about my thighs, backside or upper arms. Nuts to them, I love being in the water and no side glances are going to stop me. 

Plus, my short sightedness means I can't see the side glances. Ageing has many benefits. 

Of course swimming does make a person hungry, so this was my lunch, hoovered up within minutes of getting home...

 Seriously, this was a huge box of broad beans. I spent 40 minutes double podding the feckers. 
What hasn't been smashed has been frozen for emergency, post-swim, post-yoga dinners. 
BROAD BEAN SMASH (or, Poor Man's Avocado)
  • Box of broad beans brought from local farm shop for a fiver
  • Coriander
  • Lime
  • Sea salt
Look how cute they are when podded! Like little wee kidneys in the palest of greens!

How To:
  • Pod the beans and simmer in hot water for 10 mins.
  • Drain and leave to cool for 20 mins.
  • Sit down with a podcast and double pod those mothers (i.e. remove the grey outer skins). This will take a while and can be fiddly, hence the podcast as a distraction.
  • In a large bowl, smash the beans with a fork or masher until mostly smashed.
  • Add chopped coriander, lime juice and zest, and sea salt to taste.
  • Serve on toasted crusty bread. Add a fried egg if you need more substance to your lunch.
  • Revel in the glorious green. Eat. 
 And this is 3/4s of the way through, when I remembered to take a photo. 
Seriously, this tastes damn good and has none of the slimeyness of avocado. 

 Follow with raspberry pancakes because it's your birthday and you damn well will if you want to.

Take a nap.


  1. Lovely to make your acquaintance Tonia. Good luck with you allotment - You will get there. I am going to make your poor mans avocado recipe with the last of my broad beans at the w/e. And so pleased with age you become comfortable in your own skin.

    1. You too Shaheen - your blog is a huge inspiration. Hope you enjoy the poor man's avocado smash!


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