Monday, August 17, 2009
Dragon's Tongue Beans With Garlic
Yes, that's what I said. Dragon's Tongue. Really, what else could they be called? I admit I had never even seen these beans until I happened upon them in my local health food store. They were grown locally on a farm nearby in Quebec, and wow, did they ever look cool sitting there in the produce section. When I checked to see what they were called, I was totally sold. These are the closest things to magic beans I've ever found.
They get slightly less dragony looking after they've been steamed, but they made a lovely and delicious side dish for our let's-try-to-cook-with-as-little-heat-as-possible Friday night dinner. (Holy crap it's hot here. In the thirties and sunny and humid until Tuesday. Come on, Tuesday! Before I melt.) Extra tasty with fresh garlic from the farmer's market and fresh basil from my front porch.
Dragon's tongue Beans With Garlic
2-3 cups of beans (it's hard to measure beans. I used the quantity pictured above.)
water for steaming
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove crushed and chopped garlic
1 handful of fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried)
salt and pepper
Steam beans for five minutes until yellowy and not very speckled.
Combine all other ingredients, except salt and pepper, in a bowl and add beans. Toss to coat.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
-The Man of Science has taken over Tuesday night dinners because that is my volunteer night and I tend to arrive home tired of prepping and serving food and washing dishes. He plans his meals carefully and in advance (as you'd expect from a scientific gentleman) and so I happily get a preview of what he is going to cook. Last week it was cuban black beans and rice with some spiced tofu and fresh salsa. This week it is Ethiopean food. Most of the recipes he uses come from this cookbook which I got him for his birthday because he mentioned it had been his favourite years ago. Out of print, but highly recommended.
-My garden is a hot mess right now, with tomato plants higher than my head and the gigantic zucchini and squash plants getting more gigantic by the day. I pulled out all the lettuce (it was done) and I have no idea how the hot peppers are going to work out, but it is certainly not dull out there.
-Oh lord, the heat. Pass me another smoothie.