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Fabes con Almejas – Food Event

This recipe is original from Asturias, a wonderful region here in the north of Spain, and I really mean Full of Wonder! Because their meals are exceptional, their landscapes are breathtaking, and their milk and cows are the best! Not to mention its Cider… mmmmm. My husband is half Asturian half Catalan, so this one goes for him!!!

Special dressing: Nancy Sinatra (turn player on).

This beans called Fabes are BIG SIZE ones, the famous Fabada is also cooked with them, but since we are having such good weather, I reserved fabada for colder days and here you have this great marriage between land and sea: Fabes and Clams. It’s an easy and tasty recipe, if you live in a cold place… it will warm you up!

I’m posting this Beans & Clams for the Legume Love Affair Event that Susan is hosting at her The Well-Seasoned Cook, please take a look, it will surely be a good inspiration for the winter meals.

Once upon a time (this is back to early 80s), I used to work in a model agency in Barcelona as a booker. It was a great and fascinating job, the fascinating part came when a good looking guy would enter the office and present himself, he, he, he. They came from all over the world and most of the times (I was pretty young then) we would just “fall in love” with them!!! From that period of my life I remember meeting a North American, a handsome guy called Randy and he was just so cowboy looking (or the idea I had from cowboys) so funny, he would always be joking with us… a very nice man! He taught us something related with beans and after all these years I still remember the song… weird ugh? This one, Peter, I’m not going to sing, but here you have the “lyrics” for those of you interested in them. Back to those days we laughed with the song. Have you Americans heard about it?????

Eat beans in every meal,
the more you eat,
the more you fart,
the more you fart,
the better you feel,
so, eat beans in every meal!

Sorry about it, I couldn’t resist the temptation!!!

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•Ingredients for 4 servings: ½ kilo of fabes (beans from Asturias), a bunch of parsley, 1 carrot, 1 bay leaf, 1 kilo of clams (galician ones if possible), 4 garlic cloves, salt, 200 cubic centimeters of olive oil, 1 spoon table of wheat flour and 100 cubic centimeters of dry white wine.
•The night before have the beans in cold water. Make sure there’s 5 to 6 fingers of water above the beans.

•Strain the beans and have them in a casserole together with the onion, the carrot, the bay leaf and 3 springs of parsley. Cover with cold water. If tap water if too strong in lime use mineral water. Turn the heat high until it boils, then low it to minimum and take away the white foam. Have it low and throw some cold water if you see it boiling. Keep the low heat.
•In a saucepan with the olive oil add the minced garlic. Medium heat.

•In a small bowl pour the white wine and add the flour, stir until you get them mixed and before the garlic gets golden add the mixture to the saucepan and also the minced parsley (3 more springs).
•Stir until you see the flour emulsionates with the rest of ingredients.

•Now, with a kitchen spoon (see the picture for those of you who doubt of the size) take one spoon of the beans liquid and pour into the saucepan.
•Stir for a while aprox. 1 minute.

•Strain the clams and wash them under tap water and add to the saucepan at low/medium heat.
•Have them for 4 minutes or until they open. Add some salt.Take away from heat.
•Take the shell of half the clams and leave the other half. Reserve.

•When the beans (fabes) have been slowly cooking for 4 hours (that’s the time I had them on the heat), take the parsley, the carrot, the onion and bay leaf away and add the cold clams dressing and the clams.
•Instead of stirring just shake the casserole to avoid breaking the beans. Have it all simmering for 10 more minutes, taste it and add the salt you consider necessary.

•Serve hot and enjoy its wonderful taste!!!
•If you don’t find faves you can use normal white beans.
•Big clams are better than smaller ones, but if you feel an uncontrolled desire to do the recipe and you don’t find the big ones, small tasty ones will be ok!
•Buen provecho!!!


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01/29/2008 · 16:43 h by Bellini Valli

Beans, beans..they’re good for your heart.
The more you eat the more you fart.
The more you toot the better you feel, beans for every meal!!!
That is the Canadian version I guess…wink…wink…. You make me want to travel to Spain!!

01/29/2008 · 16:57 h by teresa

Jo en sabia un altre:
Bay beans are good for the heart
the more you eat
the more you fart!
però el teu és divertit tambe!

01/29/2008 · 17:15 h by Heather

Yum! I just love beans. And yes, I used to sing that song when I was a kid! :P

01/29/2008 · 20:00 h by bee

that soup is gorgeous, and even more gorgeous is the bowl it’s served in.

01/29/2008 · 21:03 h by Ivy

Hi Nuria,
Here are some more lyrics, starting with the original one:
Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
So eat your beans with every meal!


Beans, beans, the musical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
So let’s eat beans for every meal!

and another versions lyrics run

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart.
The more you eat, the more you fart.
The more you fart, the better you feel.
So let’s eat beans for every meal!

and another version lyrics run

Beans, beans, good for your heart,
The more you eat, the more you fart.
The more you fart, the more you eat,
The more you sit on the toilet seat!

and another version lyrics run

Beans, beans, the magical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
So lift your leg, and let them squeal!

and another version lyrics run

Beans, beans, the fruitful tart.
The more you eat, the more you fart.
The more you fart, the better you feel.
So lift your leg, and let them squeal.


01/29/2008 · 22:54 h by Peter M

I’ve been told women don’t “fart”…they just “toot”! lol

Nuria, I’ve never had beans and clams but I love the pairing…bookmarked!

01/30/2008 · 7:58 h by Laurie Constantino

Lovely beans – are the dried fava beans? As for the song, yep, we sang it too when we were young.

01/30/2008 · 8:26 h by Núria

Hola Val! … Also a Canadian version!!! I’m amazed that you all know the song… isn’t it fun? I think that for one year you could change Greece for Spain! You’ll be superwelcome!!!

Hola Teresa! Gràcies pel comentari, et faré una visita al teu blog… ostres, Suècia… hi tinc amics allà… m’encanta el pais!
Ja saps, pel fred, un bon plat de seques!!!
Una abraçada!

Hi Heather! I can’t forget your beans casseroleta… what a great job and a great dish!!!

Thanks bee! I adore this colourful dishes… it reminds me of Gaudi and his art.

Wow Ivy… You are the winner of the Beans Prize!!! How is it possible to know so many songs on the beans farting theme? You crack me up!!! Love them all… amazing!

Hola Peter, I think that Spanish women don’t toot… we use the same word for both men/women. “Hombres y mujeres se tiran pedos” literaly would be: Men and women throw farts… he, he, he.
Glad you like the beans&clams!!!

Hola Laurie! Fabes and beans are the seeds of the green bean plant. Let them dry and here you have them. Fabes are bigger than normal beans, but they all come from the same plant.

01/30/2008 · 13:47 h by Ben

Wow Núria, you made me laugh so hard that… well, I am not going to go there. I am just going to say that I love beans :p

Lovely recipe and thanks for including my food event on your sidebar. I didn’t sit in front of the computer yesterday so I didn’t have a chance to respond to your comment. But I do appreciate your help a lot :D


01/30/2008 · 14:10 h by Núria

Querido Ben, my pleasure! I think I will have that side widget with events going on each month! I like it!!!
So this post seems to be about farting and laughing… good for the body, isn’t it? :D

01/31/2008 · 10:13 h by Emiline

Of course I’ve heard of that song! It’s a classic. How true it can be… Ha ha.

Good luck in the event!

Also, I love Nancy Sinatra. She’s fabulous. I want some tall boots and big glasses like she had.

01/31/2008 · 12:44 h by Núria

Thanks Emiline!
I love Nancy Sinatra too, and thought that the song fit so well!

02/01/2008 · 21:42 h by Katy

yum!!! I was wondering if they were beans or gnocci — delicious either way!

02/02/2008 · 17:45 h by Núria

Thank you Katy! They were so tender we nearly didn’t need to chew!!!

02/06/2008 · 15:18 h by A scientist in the kitchen

Love those beans. I never had them with seafoods though…

02/06/2008 · 19:13 h by Núria

Then… you should try this, they combine so well! Enjoy!!!

02/15/2012 · 9:14 h by Anonymous

Could I use mejillones (small) instead of almejas?

02/15/2012 · 10:54 h by Núria

yes, you can use mejillones instead. It will taste great too.

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