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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby smitch » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:42 pm

The beans would go in the piccalilli
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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Jul 26, 2020 4:48 pm

smitch wrote:The beans would go in the picallili


As in Pam The Jam's recipe
https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/pams-piccalilli

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Badger's Mate » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:27 pm

(I've got za'atar, tamarind paste and lemon, but no sumac


I imagine that Beans with toasted almonds, lemon & EVOO or toasted almonds, za'atar & EVOO wouldn't be bad either :D

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Suffs » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:30 pm

jeral wrote:Snippets:

Seatallan wrote:Picallili was the first thing that came to my mind.

To go with green beans? A new one on me, although mustard/cauli what's not to like?



Runner beans are an essential ingredient in a traditional piccalilli recipe. :D :yum

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Stokey Sue » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:33 pm

Reading Pam's recipe, I'm wondering if those little frozen pearl onions would work or if they'd go mushy? The salting might be enough to keep them crisp

I do like the little onions in some commercial piccalilli

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby jeral » Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:09 pm

Suffs wrote:...
Runner beans are an essential ingredient in a traditional piccalilli recipe. :D :yum

Thanks Suffs and others for saving me a week trying to find images of plated green beans with piccalili. Doh!

Cheers Badger's Mate, will co.

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby karadekoolaid » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:43 pm

Yep, piccalilli is a great idea: runners, onions, cauliflower, courgettes, cucumber, etc.
I´d never put tomatoes in, though, not even green ones. I experimented with them once and didn´t like the acidic taste, plus the piccalilli didn´t last too long.

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby mark111757 » Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:20 pm

When mum was alive and dad had a garden, we had green beans like crazy. What mum did and her sister too was to top and tail them, chop into bite size pieces and cook them in whole milk, butter, salt and pepper until knife tender.

She served them in dishes covered in the cooking liquor with maybe a small knob of butter. Light years better than anything in a tin and the cooking liquor never went to waste.

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Amyw » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:44 pm

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipe/sri- ... bean-curry

I’ve made this before and it’s very nice. You could also go for a Niçoise salad, minus the fish . Maybe slightly increase the amount of eggs for protein

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby herbidacious » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:53 pm

That's a lot of beans, Amy :) It is at the top of my list along with Turkish beans now.

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Amyw » Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:13 pm

Ah good hope you enjoy it

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby MariaK » Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:43 pm

A couple of recipes from Spain

A Cadiz take on the classic Spanish potato omelette


Cook some runner beans, cut into bite sized pieces, as usual – or use deliberate “left overs”
Poach the potatoes in olive oil. When done drain off excess oil and reserve. Pour a little of the oil back into the pan and add some chopped or sliced onion(I use more than most) and a sprinkling of salt. When almost done add the beans and stir fry. Allow to cool a bit while you beat the eggs. Add spuds, onions & beans to the eggs + salt & pepper, give it a good stir and set aside for a bit so the potatoes soak up the eggs. Not traditional, but I like to add some chopped parsley. Make the tortilla as usual.
I find it’s easier to use two frying pans – a large one for the potatoes, onions etc and a smaller one (aprox 20-22 cm) for the tortilla.
If having tortilla as a main - or, more often, a single dish I tend to make a green or tomato salad. A roast red pepper salad is also rather good.

A filling summer salad

I came across this in a family run restaurant in a hill village west of Madrid. It was served as a starter, but to me it's a single dish - perfect for a summer lunch.

Runner beans (the main ingredient) sliced into bite sized bits,cooked and well drained.
Potatoes - peeled, cooked and cut up
Tomatoes - halved or quartered depending on size; Cherry tomatoes are easiest, but use whatever you have.
Cucumber - peeled & sliced very thin or diced if that’s what you prefer
Onions - sliced short and thin. If very strong you may want to soak them in warm water for a bit. I use the bulb of green onions sliced thin if I have them.
Eggs - hard boiled . You’ll need a mashed egg yolk & chopped white for the vinaigrette + at least half per serving. Herbi - you may want more as I presume you won’t be adding tuna
Tuna - tin or jar, well drained. If using tuna in olive oil you can use some of this in the dressing.
Vinaigrette - use your favourite recipe - then whisk/stir in a mashed egg yolk.
S & P

Put all the veg in a large bowl - toss gently till well mixed. Add the vinaigrette and combine - check seasoning and adjust. Add the chopped egg white & tuna - try to keep the latter a bit chunky - and combine. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so to develop flavours. Serve in a large shallow dish with egg quarters on top or, if it’s just the 2 of us I serve it in the bowl and egg on a small side dish.

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Suffs » Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:08 pm

They sound great Maria K ... I shall add them to my To Do :D list

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby herbidacious » Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:16 pm

I shall defintiely make the slaad next time I have some eggs.

I have a (huge) surfeit of cucumber :?

I did make a thick bean (and cheese) omelette the other night. Not quite a tortilla, perhaps.

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby ZeroCook » Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:43 pm

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Have a bag of French beans winking at me in the fridge.
Like the look of a lot of the links posted - might end up getting more beans in future. :)



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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Badger's Mate » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:44 pm

I've just remembered - maybe the heat - that I had a brilliant salad a couple of years ago at Bread & Wine. It was cold cooked runner beans with a dressing including shallots and anchovies. I've tried to replicate it a few times, with varying degrees of success. :D

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Stokey Sue » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:17 pm

So that’s the Lebanese version of the Italian or Greek or Turkish beans

It’s an Anissa Helou recipe, I have the book it’s in, her recipes usually work very well but I am doubtful that 30 minutes cooking will be enough, you have to test the beans as they vary so much

I’d forgotten they are called loobiyeh

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Re: What to do with beans (French, runner...)

Postby Pepper Pig » Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:20 pm

“Here we go Looby Loo, Here we go Loobiyeh”.


I’ll get me coat . . . . :lol:

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