Hi everyone,over many garden visits I have met many people growing madagascar beans and although having admitted to growing them lots have dismissed their edibility.I would like to change that for the non believers I HOPE.This weekend My stepson Josh came up from melbourne and although not a chef he bloody well should be .The plant gods have been good and I had a major size jar full of dried ones and many waiting to come for him and his creation.Here is my recipe and I will call it JOSHES MADAGASCAR BEANS.
150 grams of Dried madagascar beans lovingly grown in your garden
1 TSP of bicarb soda ,
Butter , salt, pepper
sorrel, lovingly grown in your garden
flat leaf parsley same as above
Firstly soak 150 g of dried beans overnight in twice the amount of water with a teaspoon of bicarb soda.During this time water will be be reduced and beans will dramatically increase in size but do not add more water or they will be too mushy,says Josh lol.
Then put in a saucepan covering beans with water,then bring to boil and reduce to simmer for half an hour or till soft. and drain.
Then heat frypan on med heat with 2 tablespoons of butter and add beans and fry until coloured then go out quickly and pick 2 handfuls of sorrel ,I grow the french long leaf type ,and 2 handfuls of flat leaf parsley but hurry dont burn the beans lol.Alternatively do the harvesting earlier,cook these herbs through GENTLY until wilted and season with salt and pepper to your liking.
With the volume indicated I could have eaten this as a main meal,but after my hand being slapped by my wife lol It would be a great side dish for 2 or 3 people or as a little prestarter mingling with your friends and enjoyng your favourite ale or wine.
Jokes aside, for anyone that hasnt grown these they are indeed a seriously productive plant ,just put up with them for 12 mths as they will produce in low quatities and into the 2nd season they are simply amazing,.Plant only a seed or two every year and you will never be out of beans ,oh and the young green immature beans are tasty cooked in garlic as well but not recommended to eat the pods.
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