Whenever I visit a market for the first time, I always go with the hope of finding a local producer amongst the vegetable stands. Oftentimes I am disappointed, but the odd time that I do find local produce at one of Paris' open-air markets makes these visits worth it. This morning I was doubly rewarded when I visited the Marché Alésia because not only did I encounter a local producer, but it was one I had never met before! Daniel and Isabelle Behuret have a farm in Montlhéry which is located only 30 km from Paris. This morning they were selling a variety of vegetables that are in season, but what caught my eye was the Haricots Coco:
What: Haricots Coco (Cranberry or Berlotti Beans)
Where: Marché Alésia, 75013
When: October 24, 2012
Who: Local producers Isabelle and Daniel Behuret
How: Easy! Extract the beans from their speckled pods and cover them with water- you can add any spices or herbs that you see fit (the vendor suggested onions, thyme, and sage).
Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 45 minutes. Drain beans and dress them up with a little olive oil and salt.
Serve warm alongside an Autumnal meal of stuffed squash!