Fava bean mint crostini

To prepare the fava beans, remove them from their long pods and then squeeze the individual beans out of their white, waxy outer layer. Quickly dunk them in boiling water, for no more than a minute, and then mash them together using a mortar and pestle with some garlic, fresh mint, olive oil and lemon juice.

For the toast, either use a toaster or quickly char on the grill. While the bread is still hot, rub the cut half of a garlic clove across the toasts. Then spread on the fava puree and away you go.

Andrew Bartholomew