Sunday, 23 August 2009

Green Beans

Yesterday I collected from my garden some tomatoes, courgettes and green beans.
I just love green beans and in Yorkshire we often eat them with a white sauce.
I cannot eat all the green beans at the moment so I freeze them for using in the winter, and it reminds of the summer days when the bees were buzzing around the flowers in order to make the beans.

To Freeze Green Beans
1. Snip each end off the bean with a paoir of scissors
2. Cut the beans into short lengths and place in a large sieve
3. Wash the beans under cold water.
4. Bring a large pan of water to the boil
5. Once boiling add the beans and boil for 1 minute
6. Remove from the heat, drain and place into very cold water for 1 minute
7. Drain and place the beans on a baking tray and put into the freezer.
8. Remove the beans from the freezer and put them into freezer bags, seal, label
9. Green beans will keep well in the freezer for up to nine months.

To cook from the freezer, just plunge into boiling water for 4-5 minutes, drain and serve.

White Sauce
25g margarine
25g plain flour
300ml milk
pinch black pepper
1. Place all the ingredients into a small saucepan
2. Heat over a gentle heat, strring all the time with a balloon whisk
3. The margarine will melt and absorb the flour grains thickening the sauce.
4. Stir until the sauce bubbles.
5. Add the black pepper

I serve this sauce with green beans

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