Asian style sesame green bean salad (+ bonus recipe for gomasio)

Sesame Green Bean Salad-2

Tender-crisp green beans, in a sweet, spicy Asian-inspired sesame dressing. Simple and delicious, packed with vitamins and minerals.  Do you ever become obsessed with a new ingredient and use it in everything? Or go through phases when a single favoured food starts popping up in everything you cook? Right now,…

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Succotash – sort of…

Our raised bed has finally started producing vegetables in earnest – beans, courgettes (zucchini), sweetcorn and assorted tomatoes. Yum. Time to get creative in the kitchen. Succotash is a traditional American dish of sweetcorn (maize) and lima beans, cooked in butter or other fat. Popular during the Great Depression, the vegetables…

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Garlic & parmesan roasted vegetables – beans, carrots, romanesco

garlic & parmesan roasted vegetables - carrots, beans and cauliflower

Roasted vegetables? Yes please. I must admit to being a little obsessed with this method of cooking all manner of veggies. (As evidenced by this recipe, this one, this one here, and countless others.) The thing is, it makes them taste AMAZING. Just a glug of oil and a hot…

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Green beans with garlic dressing

green beans with garlic

We have a small vegetable plot in our garden, and every year we grow a few different things in it. One vegetable that seems to come back every year though, is green beans. They are easy to grow, prolific, and extremely tasty. Kipper even likes to eat them raw, picked…

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Fine & broad beans with anchovies, onions, tomato & quinoa

fine & broad beans with anchovies, onions, tomato & quinoa

This was originally supposed to just have one sort of beans in it – broad beans – but 500g of broad bean pods yielded just 125g of beans, and once they’d been double podded there was hardly anything left! Is there any other food that has such a high ratio…

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Buckwheat crepes with creamy asparagus, beans & mushrooms

buckwheat crepes with creamy asparagus beans & mushrooms

We recently had a lovely few days in Amsterdam – currently one of two destinations that can be reached from Cambridge International Airport! I must confess that apart from the cheese, we didn’t really experience much in the way of Dutch cuisine, but we did manage to develop a taste for Dutch…

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Tomato, green bean and lemon sole tray bake

Tomato, green bean and lemon sole tray bake.

We had a lovely afternoon with some of Kipper’s friends in the Fitzwilliam museum and the extremely soggy Lammas Land playground (in the rain). Seriously, it was so soggy we saw a puddle that had DUCKS swimming in it. Didn’t seem to deter the kiddos, mind. Kipper didn’t even complain too much when…

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