Thursday, 29 September 2011

Green Bean Special

I'm still picking quite a lot of green beans from the garden, so I decided it was time to think what else I could do  with them, apart from the usual options.  Looking in the fridge to see what other garden produce was there, I came up with this original (??) recipe. 


I put a small dollop of butter and a little olive oil in the bottom of a saucepan; no, I did not measure either of these!


I then added:-

1 sliced medium onion
1 sliced green pepper
1 small chili (optional)
A double handful of green beans topped and tailed and cut in half
1 yellow courgette (zucchini) sliced.


I cooked this all lightly for a few minutes then added:-


1 chopped medium to large tomato
1 heaped teaspoon of curry powder
salt and pepper to taste


I put the lid on for 5 minutes, stirring in the middle of the time.  The vegetables were still quite crisp and I then added 2 good size dollops of creme fraiche and cooked for 1 minute.


I quite enjoyed the dish hot, but cold as a salad it was absolutely delicious.
Enjoy-  and soooo easy!

88 comments:

  1. Now that looks delish. Never thought of using the green beans in a kind of stir fry with the creme. I love squash too.

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  2. Hello Diane:
    We absolutely love green beans but, for some reason which is totally unclear to us, they are only rarely available in our local market in Budapest. Your inventive salad sounds delicious and how marvellous to pick, prepare and partake, all in a morning!!!

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  3. Becca it was really delicious but I guess you could do anything similar with what ever you have in the house. Keep well Diane

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  4. Jane and Lance, I wonder why they are so difficult to get in Budapest! The one thing I love with my vegetable garden is to be able to pick and eat all fresh from the garden. The weather this year seems to be causing everything to last much longer than usual. Have a good day. Diane

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  5. I remember when I had a green bean glut in my garden... always trying to come up with something to do with them. This is a great recipe... love the curry addition... I miss having a garden when I read your posts!!

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  6. lostpastremembered I have also bottled a whole lot of curried beans this year so we have some reminders of summer in the middle of winter :)
    I just love my veggie garden. Take care Diane

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  7. This realy looks good,am defnitely making it...

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  8. Liesl it was so simple, quick and easy and the end result is yummy. Enjoy. Have a good day. Diane

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  9. This looks like a great dish Diane!

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  10. That looks delish.

    If you like pickles, canned dilled green beans are tasty.

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  11. Gaelyn there is always masses of tinned green beans in the supermarkets here but I have never seen them with dill. Maybe I will try my own next year :) Diane

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  12. Hello Diane!
    Sorry for being so "absent" these days!
    We are so very busy!
    Thanks for your fidelity and sweet comments much appreciated!
    What fantastic series of pictures on your banner!
    Since I can't eat as I wish, I won't comment much on the recipe but it looks yummy!!
    Have a great evening!

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  13. delicious combination looks wonderful

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  14. A great experimental dish Diane that you will do again I imagine as it worked so well.

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  15. It look good and what's even better is it's made from your garden. Have a great weekend.

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  16. Delicious!
    And in Greece, so the cook fresh green beans, but without curry.
    Will try it with your own way.
    Thank you for the recipe!
    Good night

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  17. Noushka do not worry if you don't comment I know it is for a reason. Thanks for the banner comment. I know you are limited to what you can eat and as we always eat spicy I know my food will not suit you. Take care and have a good evening as well. Diane

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  18. Torviewtoronto I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it :) Have a good day. Diane

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  19. Linda no doubt about it that I will make it again, ingredients may vary a bit though as to what is in the garden. Thanks for the comment. Have a good evening Diane

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  20. Joyful I am always happy when I can come up with a new dish with ingredients from the garden. Having what is available at the time makes for interesting eating sometimes! Have a great weekend, nearly there. Diane

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  21. Magda I hope you enjoy, the curry flavour I thought just made the dish extra special. Take care and have a good evening. Diane

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  22. Good afternoon Diane, what a delicious recipe, it definitely looks scrumptious. I also enjoy curry in some vegetable dishes. Did you pickle some of your green beans? Happy harvesting with the rest of your garden. Have a great day.

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  23. Marco Pasha I have pickled a few beans, but I have also made a lot of curried beans which I bottled as well. I really enjoyed this recipe mix up and it will certainly be made again. Take care, glad the sun is rising over where you are once more. Diane

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  24. I agree with so many of the above comments; the dish looks delicious and it uses fresh produce from your garden. Today I picked the first pound or so of green beans from a new sowing which we put in at the end of August. They look as if they are going to be heavy croppers too, so I'll be needing your recipe over the coming weeks. Keep them coming, Diane. It's great to get fresh recipes to try!

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  25. This is great cooking - it seems simple and "invented" but in fact it's the sort of thing that only a skilled and experienced cook can do successfully - even though it sounds as though you just threw it together at random - an instinctive knowledge of what works is what you need to produce something edible.
    It looks delish !!

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  26. Colin and Elizabeth I did not plant late as I leave for the UK always in October. What I am looking forward to is the curried beans that I have bottled for later in the year. I have not put the recipe on the blog but if you would like it let me know and I will email to you.
    There are going to be a few changes coming up soon so watch this space!! Diane

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  27. Now that sounds and looks delicious and healthy. And you use words I understand 'dollop' love it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  28. Jean you flatter me LOL. I sometimes throw things together that do not turn our as good as this did!!! never the less this was delicious. Take care and have a good trip next week. Diane

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  29. Ellie I never weigh anything and dollop is just about it LOL. It was really very tasty. Have a good evening. Diane

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  30. Proof that simple is best. Deliicous.

    Velva

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  31. Thanks Velva, this could not have been more simple or quicker. Keep well. Diane

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  32. I love the way you prepared green beans:)
    My favourite are yellow string beans or as we call them butter beans which I make as salad;)

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  33. Dzoli we only ever see butter beans in tins, I have never seen them growing. Perhaps they grow better in a cooler climate like New Zealand I don't know. Have a good day. Diane

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  34. Ah, ah! A dab of this and that and a new recipe is born. Fantastic!

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  35. I've swiped that recipe, it looks, and sounds fab.

    Merci beaucoup, SP

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  36. Nothing better than garden veggies. This dish sounds flavorful and so delicious.

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  37. The green beans sound and look quite delicious. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  38. We call them squeaky beans and are a favourite vegetable. Curried adds a another favourite taste.

    Also, I have all of these ingredients in the fridge so we'll try it tonight!

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  39. Rosaria it always amazes me how one can throw different flavours together and a tasty dish comes out of it all. Generally though I do not remember what I have thrown together!! Diane

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  40. SP it is there for the swiping LOL. hope you enjoy. Diane

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  41. Pam I was really pleased with the result it turned out well. Have a good day. Diane

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  42. Words Of Deliciousness thanks for the return visit and comment. Have a great day. Diane

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  43. Rebecca I have a very free hand with chilies, especially as there are still masses in the garden LOL. Take care, Diane

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  44. GaynorB, yes we also say squeaky beans, hope that you enjoyed the dish as much as I did. Keep well. Diane

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  45. Hi Diane .. looks delicious - wonderful way to enjoy your fresh veggie .. simple and quick ..

    I expect you're having gorgeous weather too? Cheers Hilary

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  46. Hi Hilary yes the weather is wonderful but the garden is crying out for rain!! Take care Diane

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  47. I am adding this recipe to the waiting list or recipes, I must try it:)

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  48. Hi Diane I had a peek into the future - via the Richtersveld .. that will be wonderful for you - I think we'll all be desperate for rain shortly .. it's incredibly hot here .. can't see it doing any good for the general environment - though some things are thriving .. the grapes! & olives for you I guess. Lots of berries too .. just hope it's not cold later on .. otherwise I'm on way south to a wonderful fire! Cheers enjoy the garden at cooler times .. Hilary

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  49. Ola glad you like the sound of it. Very hot here today and I am just off to have some cold for my lunch yum yum :-) Diane

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  50. Hilary the birds have had this year, no berries. The earlier drought put paid to all of them. Grapes are harvested and we have no olives.
    Depending on what weather forecast I look at I can't see into the future LOL. One says rain and cooling down next week, while the other says that this weather will continue. I guess one of them has to be right but which??? Diane

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  51. Just stopped by to say hi and wish you a great weekend
    http://whatisbelgium.blogspot.com

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  52. Thanks anni, you have a great weekend as well. Take care Diane

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  53. This recipe is just the best for me and my family! It is perfect! Thank you.

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  54. Olga hope that you enjoy. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  55. Diane I am going to try this out on the weekend! Being a veggie (30 years now!) it sounds perfect, and looks cheap enough for my student budget :) I will let you know how I get on. Looks absolutely delish. X

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  56. Hi Dolly see you have been doing some catching up. I know you are busy so don't worry too much. I hope that you enjoy this dish as much as I did. I picked a whole lot more beans yesterday so I will be cooking another batch for myself today :) Have a great weekend and don't work too hard. Diane x

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  57. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

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  58. What a lovely combination, and the creme fraiche must finish this dish off beautifully. I'm just thinking about what seeds to sow for summer - slim round green and yellow beans are definates.

    Just to confuse everyone: over here the slim,round green beans are known as "french beans", and their yellow counterparts are "butter beans" - plus we can get the big, fat tinned butter beans in tins too. I guess I'd better not start on what we call "chips", lol .....

    Sending care, huggles and love, Michelle xxx (hey - I don't have to share beans with Zebby Cat- he is strictly carnivore plus grass and catnip in his tastes)

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  59. Wow that looks absolutely tasty Diane! Unfortunately I am not fond of curry so I might try your recipe without it hehehe. We have a dish called Adobong Sitaw (beans) in the Philippines and my husband and I love it when I make it here. You can check it out here and here, you might like it. The recipe is very easy to make. Promise no measuring, I am not fond of measuring ingredients in the kitchen hahaha. Have a nice weekend!

    Rose

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  60. Diane, you have become my new quirky food guru. I will definitely try this one out and let you know how it goes. Delicious post.

    Red

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  61. The Chili is never optional :)

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  62. Thanks for your visit and kind comment. Hope you have a great weekend. Diane

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  63. Michelle good to hear from you, I am jealous of you going into spring while I am think about winter planting. The weather here at the moment is amazing though not sure what happened but this is like mid-summer!!
    Glad you do not have to share your vegetables with zebby LOL.

    Take care and have a good Sunday. Hugs, Diane xx

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  64. Rose I think it is the curry that makes this recipe so if you do not like curry I would but in some other strong flavour herb to compensate. Your recipes sound good. Take care. Diane

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  65. Boye By Red I hope that you enjoy this as much as I did. I am sure my husband's reaction to it will be the same as mine when he gets to taste it. Take care Diane

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  66. This is a little different and sounds really good to me. Thank goodness it's not the "traditional" green bean, mushroom soup and french fried onion recipe that's served here around the holidays. Maybe mushrooms would be good in it also.

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  67. Pam you are right I am sure mushrooms would be good in this dish, none in the garden though LOL. Keep well Diane

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  68. Abraham Lincoln, not sure about everyone but I am enjoying it LOL. Diane

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  69. Bravo, un plat délicieux.
    J'aime beaucoup.
    See soon

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  70. Does that look delicious..I have been freezing my beans..was a good year for them..Your dish is something I must try..thank you for sharing..
    xoRosebud.

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  71. Nadji, Bonsoir. Merci pour votre visite et vos aimables et encourageants commentaires. Bonne journée. Diane

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  72. Rosebud due to lack of freezer space this year I have bottled whole beans, still need to see what they are going to be like! Also bottled lots of curried beans which I am sure will be fine. This dish was very yummy. Diane x

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  73. What a great idea Dianne. I'm always looking to change around green bean dishes too. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Sam

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  74. Sam this just happened because of what I had in the fridge from the garden. You could vary the vegetables to suit your taste, Pam suggested mushrooms which sounds good to me but my garden is minus mushrooms this year!! Take care, Diane

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  75. after you make your own chilli sauce, now i;m really sure that you really do love spicy stuff!

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  76. Looks very appetizing , I loves green beans too.

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  77. Lena occasionally I overdo the hot stuff but as we both love it we just put up with it LOL. Diane

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  78. Amelia's De-ssert It was very good and I have already made it a couple of time since :) Diane

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  79. Oh this sounds SO delicious - my girls are fans of green beans, but straight from the garden and cooked like this, they really must taste amazing - looking forward to trying this!
    Mary x

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  80. Hi Mary (Mum's Kitchen) hope that you and the girls enjoy this dish I have enjoyed it several time now :) Have a good day. Diane

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  81. wow..looks or sounds yummy Diane thanks for sharing..gonna try to do this;)

    visiting from yummy sunday!
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  82. te-jan, I hope that you enjoy as much as I did, I have no made it many times :) Diane

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  83. This is looking super-yummy! I love how you make all your food with extra care and love! This shows in the pictures!
    http://cosmopolitancurrymania.blogspot.com

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  84. Purabi Naha Thanks for your lovely comment. I hope that I will soon be back blogging. Take care Diane.

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