Happy Saturday everyone! I probably should be doing homework (sorry parents), but instead I’ve been attempting to whip up delicious Greek fava all day, in celebration of Lent. It didn’t turn out 100% perfect as I don’t have a blender or a food processor and can’t afford to buy one here in Switzerland, but it sure tastes yummy! I’ve been meaning to learn how to make fava for about a year now, as I wanted to make it for Lent last year, but never got around to it until today! So I must say I’m feeling quite productive. PLUS I went to spinning class at the gym this morning! So I’m also feeling healthy and virtuous!
What’s more is I’ve decided to give up dessert for Lent this year! I THINK I MIGHT BE CRAZY. I’ve been reading that giving up certain things for Lent should not be just simply about cutting out certain foods, for example, but about using the experience to find ways to love people even more. Sounds strange, right? Well luckily my roommate has decided to join me in giving up dessert, so we are on the quest to shrink our waistlines and expand our hearts together. In some crazy way I do feel like this does go beyond just cutting out dessert…maybe sharing this experience with someone else is helping me find more love for the people in my life. Who knows! I’ll be sure to let you guys know how I feel at the end of Lent.
ANYWAY, back to the main purpose of this blog post: Greek food!!! So fava is a Greek yellow split pea dip/spread that is just soooo good. It’s a lot like hummus! It’s also healthy as it’s made by adding only olive oil, onion, garlic, and garnishes on top. You’ll usually find fava in Greek tavernas where you would eat it before the main meal, usually with some crusty bread and feta cheese. But of course if you want to keep the dish strictly vegan then you can certainly enjoy it without the feta. Fava is usually less lumpy than it appears in my pictures because as I said I don’t have a food processor or blender. So I had to settle with just mashing it with a spoon! But it turned out fine! So there you have it, another hearty Greek recipe that’s both vegan and Lent-friendly. Who knows, maybe by making some fava of your own you’ll also find a way to expand your heart and your love for other people. Anything is possible! Enjoy your weekend everyone!
- 500gr / 2.5 cups yellow split peas
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped (optional - traditionally used as a garnish)
- Dried oregano, optional
- Feta, bread and olives for serving, optional
- Rinse the yellow split peas
- Heat up the olive oil in a large pot
- Saute the onion and garlic until the onion looses its color
- Add the yellow split peas and 1.5 liters/ 6-7 cups water
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce the heat and let simmer for 30min - 1 hour, the time will depend on the peas themselves so check the packaging for instructions
- Check occasionally to see if you need to add more water
- The peas will be ready when they are large and mushy-feeling
- Use a food processor or a blender to cream the peas to your desired consistency
- Serve at room temperature on a plate
- Sprinkle some dried oregano on top and top with chopped red onion (optional) and a drizzle of olive oil
- Eat with bread, feta cheese, and olives or anything else you would like to eat it with