The disguise of Agent Enigma, the Lemusan Secret Service's woman in the Emirates, was so good that Hektor Maille ultimately suspected he saw her everywhere: in every covered figure and even under every tarpaulin covering in the harbour that looked a bit like an art work and under which could be hidden an entire laboratory – complete with the kidnapped professor.
Crushed Broad Beans
Cheap, rich in protein and easy to cook, broad beans form the basic nutrition of the Arabian kitchen. Anybody who visits a supermarket in the Emirates can see rows of cans of «Foul» (pronounced «fool»). There are many ways in which these beans can be prepared. Here we provide a recipe that Hektor Maille was served in the restaurant «Al Maskoof» in Sharjah. Naturally, this dish can be prepared with dehydrated beans that have been soaked in water for a few hours before use. We have used canned beans here – just as the chefs did at «Al Maskoof».
1 can broad beans (400 g)
½ teaspoon ajwain
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 pods garlic, pressed
1 tomatoe, skinned and chopped
1 dried chili, crumbled
2 teaspoons sesame paste (Tahini)
2 or 4 tablespoons lime juice
Some flat parsley, picked from the stalk, about 3 tablespoons
The Foul has a really alluring taste, but with its rosy colour for some eyes it does not look very appetising. One can improve the visual impression of the dish by sprinkling lots of parsley on it – or by adding some fresh pieces of a deseeded tomato.
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First Publication: 31-12-2009
Modifications: 25-1-2011, 19-6-2011, 14-11-2011, 14-12-2011