Last week we were looked after superbly by our little Turkish angel, Fatima. She cooked delicious meals 3 times a day. They were all home made using fresh ingredients and all meals were full of fruits and veggies. She made a delicious bean and tomato dish and another one with carrot and yogurt. I used to enjoy chatting to her about her cooking and she told me how she made some of her meals. As my sister Abi was coming for lunch with her 3 children, I decided to try and recreate two of Fatima’s lovely veggie dishes.
My plants were laden down with green beans.
1 white onion, 5 garlic cloves, 2 tbsp olive oil, 500g French beans, sun dried tomato paste, 4 large ripe tomatoes – skinned, oregano, salt, pepper, water.
Finely chop the onions and garlic and fry in the olive oil until soft (about 15 mins).
Top and tail the beans and cut each one in to 2 or 3 pieces. Add to the onion with the oregano and fry for about 10 minutes.
Add the sun dried tomato paste, skinned, chopped ripe tomatoes, salt and pepper and stir until well mixed.
Cover with water and simmer until beans are soft. Mine took about 40 mins as the beans were really too large. It is less oily than Fatima’s so if you are not dieting, I would have added more olive oil while it was cooking.
Fatima always served this dish at room temperature so I tipped it on to the serving dish and left it for the flavours to meld. Looks pretty good to me.
Time to go and buy the rest of lunch! Thursday is Farmers Market day every week in Rolvenden and it is great. If you live nearby then go and support the local growers, bakers and producers who sell their lovely wares there.
I bought some fish which had only been caught a few hours earlier and the whole stall smells of the sea. No nasty fishy smell so you can tell it is really fresh.
Once at home it was a busy time to get lunch ready. I popped a chicken in the oven to roast and then made Fatima’s carrots in yogurt. In my haste I forgot to take any photos but it turned out really well. I grated one large onion, 2 smallish potatoes, 1 courgette and 3 good sized carrots. They were fried slowly until just soft in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Meanwhile I crushed a large garlic clove and mixed it in with 4 heaped tbsps of greek yogurt. When the veg were soft, they were stirred in to the yogurt.
I also cooked some sausages for the children and put in some small baked potatoes. I cut up the baguette to eat with the Bleu D’Auvergne and Brie de Meaux I bought from the French man at the market. I also picked a lovely selection of salad leaves from the garden which I mixed with the beautiful tomatoes I bought in the market.
Fatima’s beans went down well and my little nephew (6 yrs old) had seconds of them !! It was a lovely day and as always, over much too quickly. I enjoyed recreating Fatima’s dishes today and sharing them with my family. I hope Fatima would have enjoyed them.