Faultless foul (fool): Discover a famed Arabic favourite

I visited a friend who’s husband was diagnosed with bowel cancer just over 2 months ago.

Bizarrely, he looked even better than when we last met.

The diagnosis had prompted him to kick several habits:  smoking, white sugar, 3 x cokes a day, penchant for red meat and all things classified as junk food.

He’s been on a vegetarian diet ever since and he certainly does not look like a man who has undergone three courses of chemo.

Below is a cartoon that hubby forwarded to me last week.  It serves as a timely reminder you won’t be able to take care of anyone else, if you neglect to take care of yourself first.

Don’t let anyone convince you that you’re selfish for wanting to make time for yourself!

So go ahead.. the dishes / laundry / cooking / < fill blank here > can wait an hour or two while you take care of you.

hobbs

calvin and hobbs cartoon

As an ode to him and his battle, I wanted to share a recipe he made for us a while back.

Being of Arabic descent, he made us a traditional dish called fool (also spelt foul in some instances) which is comprised of fava beans.

He recalled this dish as being for the ‘working class’ as it has very simple and few ingredients.  Don’t let that “fool” (insert cringe here) you into thinking this is an ordinary dish.  The flavours are sensational, and it’s usually served with felafels and pita bread.  I’ve also substituted the fava beans for whatever I have on hand – it works equally well with borlotti, butter or kidney beans too.

Arabic Foul

1 tin Fava Beans
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4-6 tbs tahini
Olive oil
Salt
Parsley
Lemon juice (one whole lemon)
Chilli flakes (optional)

foolin' around. ok i'll stop now.

foolin’ around. ok i’ll stop now.

In a bowl, mash half the beans and mix the tahini, garlic, salt, and lemon juice with it.  Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

Add the other half of the beans and mix together.

Transfer to a plate, sprinkle with chopped parsley, chilli flakes and lashings of olive oil.

Hubby likes to add a chopped tomato on top for extra colour.

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