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Saturday, 8 September 2012

PURPLE BEANS from ANASTASIA'S GARDEN


 My sister, Anastasia, has a green thumb.  The amount of stuff she grows in a tiny space is unbelievable!


Gifts from Anastasia’s Garden

PERFECT GREEN BEANS (serve 4)

Cook ¼ pound of beans for each serving.

1 pound frozen cut green beans  (or fresh  beans)
¾ cup water
2 tbsp butter
¼ tsp salt
1/8  tsp pepper
1/8 tsp marjoram (optional or substitute a different spice) 

1.       Measure butter and seasonings and set aside.
2.      Put beans and water in Dutch oven over high heat.
3.      Reduce heat when water begins to boil. 
4.      Boil until tender:  about 7 minutes for frozen beans:  start testing at 5 minutes.  Fresh beans may take about 10 minutes.  (Watch that the water doesn’t all boil away.)
5.      Drain.
6.      Return beans to hot Dutch oven; then add butter and seasonings.
7.      Stir and serve.

  • I cut up and cooked Anastasia’s long purple beans this way – they turned a wonderful dark green and were delicious.
  • Anastasia suggests adding some Chinese spices and a little Oyster Sauce or Hoisin Sauce to the pot with the beans and water.
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