Recipes, Sides and Soups

Sesame Green Beans

All those green beans I harvested several weeks back were put to good use in this simple, easy side dish. I’ve had this recipe sitting in draft mode for about a week or more, but other tasks and a much anticipated and enjoyed visit from my sister-in-law and nieces took precedence last week. So now, finally, here it is!

Sesame Green Beans

2-4 cups of fresh green beans, trimmed
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
sesame seeds for garnish

Place the trimmed green beans in a large frying pan in a shallow amount of water over high heat to boil until just fork tender, and still slightly crisp. Drain the beans and return them to the pan.

In a small bowl, whisk together the other ingredients (except for the sesame seeds.) Pour this mixture over the beans and stir on low heat to warm the sauce and incorporate with the beans. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve!

I find this is a great way to add a little something different to the beans without taking away from the yummy flavor of the fresh green beans themselves.

In the Garden

Purples and Greens

This past Tuesday, I raked in my best harvest yet – a basketful of pretty purples and greens!

The bush beans had dwindled over the past few weeks, but it seems they have gotten a second wind! This is the most I have been able to harvest in one day.

The jalapenos are going to wait for a few more of their friends to join them and then they are destined to become poppers.

The purple pepper is the very first from my carnival pepper seeds. These plants are not big producers (they weren’t last year, either) but they sure are pretty when they do produce!

Last but not least, the eggplant! I’m still thinking about what to do with these beauties. We have already done eggplant parmesan, and I’m already planning on breading and frying the poppers, so I’d rather not bread and fry the eggplant, too. Any ideas, fellow gardeners and veggie lovers? Tell me how you like your eggplant!