Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Oats and Beans

Over recent years, the UK has lost three quarters of its runner bean fields. Gary Rhodes is fighting for the revival of this quintessential British summer vegetable. Allegra McEvedy champions the humble little oat and discovers that there is much more to it than just porridge.

Allegra McEvedy goes to Scotland to uncover the history of the oat and discovers just how important it was to the sustenance of the nation. She examines its credentials as a superfood, and in the revival kitchen creates three delicious dishes featuring oats - and there is not a bowl of porridge in sight.

Chef Gary Rhodes is backing the British runner bean and broad bean. Both have fallen out of favour with the British public over the years and he is determined to remind people of their unique qualities. In Somerset, he finds the martock bean which dates back to the 12th century, and makes up a delicious medieval pottage which was once the working man's staple diet. He also discovers that although people have turned their backs on it, the British dried fava bean is a big favourite in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 25 Mar 2013 00:30

Allegra McEvedy

Allegra McEvedy
Allegra McEvedy has been cooking professionally for 20 years, working her way through a clutch of London’s best restaurants as well as an eighteenmonth spell in the States. During these times, she developed the philosophy that she continues to live and work by: that there are more ways for a chef to make a difference than by winning Michelin stars, and good food should be available to everybody. In 1991, Allegra completed her classical French training

Gary Rhodes

Gary Rhodes
Chef, restaurateur, celebrity and author; his distinguished career, tireless attention to detail and unique mastery of the ‘Great British Classics’ truly sets him apart. A history of stunning  restaurants has won him a constellation of Michelin stars and he is consistently revered by his  peers as truly ‘The Chef’s Chef’.

Credits

Role Contributor
Executive ProducerBridget Boseley
Executive ProducerBridget Boseley
PresenterGary Rhodes
PresenterGary Rhodes
PresenterAllegra McEvedy
PresenterAllegra McEvedy

Recipes

Watercress Soup

Try own food revival at home with the recipes on BBC Food.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss