Mrs. Jackson Cooks

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Home grown beans: french beans and almonds

on August 6, 2011

My hubby loves growning veges. Not sure why – I think he likes making something with his hands and it having a practical purpose (he’s into DIY for the same reasons I think). Anyway, this year he’s turned our garden into a regular vegetable patch and has got some french beans. Which I must say, produce a lot of beans and are delicious – they do really taste so much fresher than shop ones.

I had made some courgette lasagne (with courgettes he’d grown too!) and there was some left over, but not enough for a full portion each, so I did some beans with onions and almonds to go on the side, and they were beautiful. I’m certain it would still taste delicious, even if you didn’t grow the beans yourself – and it’s a great side dish to anything. You can also use green beans instead of french ones for this recipe. It doesn’t really matter.

I found the recipe on the BBC good food website and I didn’t change it really, except I used onions instead of shallots as I didn’t have any shallots. The original recipe is here http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1369644/green-beans-with-shallots-garlic-and-toasted-almon

French beans and almonds

Serves 2 (as a side dish)

  • large handful of green or french beans
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • handful of flaked almonds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  1. Top and tail the beans and then boil in salted water until just cooked. Drain and refresh using cold water
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic on a medium heat until lightly browned. Add in the beans, almonds and lemon juice. Stir well to combine.
  3. Season with salt & pepper, and serve.
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