Sunday, March 15, 2015

My mom's fava beans recipe

My lovely mom passed a month ago, actually today is the 36th day. It was and still is painful. Accepting that she is not sitting next to me when i am cooking anymore..she can't peel the veggies to make them ready to cook..and can't taste it and say 'oh,oh..oh ellerine sağlık yoncacım..harika olmuş! 'means it tastes delicious' and it is a bit of a loose translation, honestly it is hard to translate some sayings. 'Eline sağlık' literally it means' health to your hands' Turkish people use it a lot for food.

My mom used to make this recipe every spring ones in a year. Last year we made it together. It's kinda a mom tradition. She asked just a few days ago before she died if i got broad beans, but i didn't. I feel sorry i could't make it. Last week i saw broad beans and remind me my mom like so many things did in the kitchen.

I cooked it this spring again but without my lovely mom.

If it is not your first visit, you probably know, how i like the kitchen, cooking, playing with food! We all had a different childhood experiences. Mine is full of kitchen stories and so many memories with my mom, my dad my sisters, my brother, nieces, nephews, whole family and friends!

Goodbye's the saddest word I'll ever hear
Goodbye's the last time I will hold you near
Someday you'll say that word and I will cry
It'll break my heart to hear you say goodbye
Till we meet again until then goodbye.
(R.J. Lange)

My mom's Fava Beans with Dill Recipe (Zeytinyaglı Bakla)

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1.5 pound fresh fava /broad beans(in their pods)
1 big onion (chopped finely)
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice of half a lemon
A handful of dill
1 cup plain yogurt
2 gloves garlic(chopped finely)
(1 glove is for yogurt sauce)
Mix yogurt with garlic and put aside.
Top, tail and string broad beans

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the broad beans, salt, the lemon juice and stew gently, stirring occasionally. Add some chopped fresh dill and a cup of boilling water from the kettle) Smir and cook until the pods are tender (15-20 mins) Garnish a spoon of  garlic-yogurt sauce(or more) and with the reserved dill.

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Rest in peace my lovely mom..
thank you for everything you teached me!
Miss you!!


  1. So sorry to hear about the passing away of your Mom, yonca. She will always be in your memory. It is very hard to when your Mom passes..My Mom passed away 3 years ago on March 12. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of her and the things that we shared. Your Mom would be so pleased that your made this special recipe. Take care.

  2. I have never had fava beans before. This recipe sounds really tasty!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how hard that is. But I love that you're honouring her memory by posting her recipe! I'm sure she's enjoying the memories too :-)

  4. I'm very sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing this recipe, I will definitely try it.

  5. This recipe looks yummy, something new to try. Thanks for posting it.

  6. I'm so sorry about your mom......

  7. So sorry for your loss! It's is hard to get over when you have so many memories together!

  8. What a lovely way to carry on a special tradition from your mom. I'd love to try this!

  9. Always looking for new ways to enjoy fava beans! Going to try this asap.

  10. Always looking for new ways to enjoy fava beans! Going to try this asap.

  11. Aw, your beans look really good and I like how they mean something very special too.

  12. I'm not much of a beans person myself but my husband grew up on it and now he's apparently going back to his roots lol! Thanks for the recipe! I'll definitely have to try this out for my hubby!

  13. I've never seen fava beans before. Happy to see something new. We like to carry on family tradition with our food here too. :)

  14. Looks delicious. I never tried this kind of recipe before. My sister loves beans. Will have to try this for her and I am sure she is going to love this. Thanks for sharing your memories.

  15. So sorry about your loss of your mom and sending hugs your way. The dish is a great way to honor her spirit. I love Fava beans and dill. I'll give this a try.

  16. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. It’s good that you have a lot of good cooking memories. I would love to try the dill topping featured on the beans. I don't think I've ever had fava beans before.

  17. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Your mother is still blessing the world through you with the wonderful gift of cooking!

  18. I wish I could say it gets better but it really doesn't when it's your mom. Maybe it's not supposed to. xoxo

  19. Sending you virtual hugs for the loss of your mom.

  20. Hello Yonca, the bean recipe sounds delicious.. You have a nice memory of your Mom.. Wishing you a happy Mother's Day.


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