Beans, Beans And More Beans

I managed to spend nearly all day in the garden which is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time and is something I really needed to do.

George and Dan arrived at 6.30am (truly!) to lay a water pipe through the garden so I can have a tap nearer the greenhouse, veggie patches and huge flower bed at the back of the garden.  I am really pleased with my new tap and new hose.George and water trough Last night I had a lovely supper at Fee’s with Judy.  I took along a bag of veggies, including the first runner beans of the year.first runner beans of the year All the beans in the garden have grown so much in the past couple of weeks.  Some of the French beans have grown a bit bigger than I prefer so I tried to pick as many as I could to freeze, before they get bigger.  I weeded as I picked.beans and wheelbarrow I half filled the trug in no time at and purple beansI washed and cut the ends off the beans.
beans in water Ready for blanching.French beans in colander ready to cook I cut them in to smaller pieces and blanched them in boiling water for 1 minute and then plunged them in to iced water to cool rapidly.French beans in colander Patted them dry.French beans drying In a bag and in the freezer.French beans in freezer bag I realised at lunch time I had not eaten all day but didn’t want to stop so just had a pitta bread with peanut butter.peanut butter and pitta I did take a break in the afternoon and met Lisa, Suzanne and Lou at the Hartley Coffee Shop.  We sat outside to enjoy the view over the apple orchards.Hartley coffee shop Apparently I need to feature in my blog more often  so here I am.Zoe and Lisa Now I could have been really good and had a salad.Lisa's salad But I was really bad and had tea and cake; toffee and banana and it was very good.tea and cakeI went home via Suzanne’s as Mina kindly gave me some seedlings from plants I had admired in her garden recently.

Back at home, I decided to tackle the broad beans next as the leaves and some of the pods are showing these brown spots.brown spots on broad bean leaves Most of the pods and all the beans inside seem to be fine though but I wanted to get them picked in case the spots spread and ruin the crop.broad beans 26-7-14 The part of the garden with the beans in was in shade by late afternoon and it was cooler outside than inside so I set up a chair to pick and shuck the broad beans.chair in veggie patch It was very pleasant sitting outside, enjoying the scent of the sweet peas, peacefully picking and shucking.sweet peas and broad beans I picked about half the broad beans plus courgettes, green French beans and runner beans.broad beans, beans and courgette I set the smallest ones aside to add to tonight’s dinner and prepared the others for freezing.broad beans in colander and seive small broad beans broad beans in colander I boiled the broad beans in boiling water for 2 minutes and then put them straight in to iced water.  Dried them the best I could and put them in the freezer.blanched broad beans

The sunflowers Lara planted are in full and glorious bloom and looked stunning in the evening sunshine today.

Lara's sunflowers in full bloom

Before I picked the broad beans I prepared a marinade for the chicken I was going to stir fry for dinner; rapeseed and sesame oil, soy sauce, finely chopped garlic and ginger.

oil ginger garlic soy sauceI popped the chicken in, gave it all a good stir and set aside for a couple of hours.chicken with garlic and ginger I stir fried the chicken first and made sure it was properly cooked.  I set the cooked chicken aside while I stir fried the veggies; onion, red pepper, courgette, French, runner and broad beans, mushrooms, coriander and basil.  Finally I added some pre-cooked brown basmati rice and le voila, a simple and tasty supper.dinner 26-7-14

I hope I can spend as much time in the garden again tomorrow – there is still so much to do and as many beans again to pick and freeze.  And peas.  And beetroot.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to Beans, Beans And More Beans

  1. suzjones says:

    What a wonderful day. Seeing your beans reminded me that lately I have been craving stir frying up some greens (including beans) and drizzling them with some home made citrus vinegar that I bought from a farmer’s market last weekend. Yummo.

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