This is an easy supper dish to prepare in the afternoon and leave until you need to heat it through. The flavours develop well. You will need:
2 x 400g tins of butter beans or about 600g cooked dry ones (the tins contain water)
6 ripe tomatoes or 1 400g tin
a big sprig of mint, roughly torn
a small onion, chopped
salt and pepper
oil or butter
Place the tomatoes in boiling water for two minutes to loosen the skin. Chill immediately and peel. Roughly chop, then set aside.
Soften the onion in oil or butter and then add the drained beans, the tomatoes and chopped mint to the pan. Stir well then remove from heat, cover and leave the mixture on one side until you need it.
Gently reheat on hob for twenty minutes. Serve on, or with, baked doorsteps of granary bread drizzled with olive oil (10 minutes in a hot oven), and a green salad.
This volume serves two hungry people.