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What will you grow again next year....or not?
Fri 13-Jul-12
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Hi, Rob.  I was interested to see your method of preserving beans.  I'd not thought of currying them.  Do you have a recipe to share?  How do you serve your curried beans later in the year?  We have a glut of runner beans (grown in a polytunnel) and I have frozen enough for us and given our daughter, neighbours and friends loads.  Curried beans seem like a good alternative.

Fri 13-Jul-12
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My Tomys are coming along nicely, I have them in both greenhouses and my mini polytunnel. no signs of ripening yet, but generally they look good sturdy plants.

Pepper plants doing ok but really need more sun

beans are all struggling along

courgettes similar

pumpkins doing well, as are cucumber and melon

Sat 14-Jul-12
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I think I will grow grass and weeds again next year-by far the most successful crops so far.

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Sat 14-Jul-12
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irist said:

Hi, Rob.  I was interested to see your method of preserving beans.  I'd not thought of currying them.  Do you have a recipe to share?  How do you serve your curried beans later in the year?  We have a glut of runner beans (grown in a polytunnel) and I have frozen enough for us and given our daughter, neighbours and friends loads.  Curried beans seem like a good alternative.

Hi Irist,

 

The curried green beans are served as a side dish with just about anything from stews to barbecued foods.  To be honest though, they most often get eaten over buttered bread (a la baked beans). 

 

Our recipe:

 

Curried Green Beans


2kg green beans, cut

3-4 large onions, coarsely cut

15ml salt

500ml vinegar

625ml sugar

30ml curry powder

65ml Maizena (cornflour)

250ml vinegar

 

  1. Steam the green beans with the onions until tender then drain off the water.
  2. Add 15ml salt, 500ml vinegar and 625ml sugar and bring to the boil.
  3. Mix together 30ml curry powder, 65ml Maizena and 250ml vinegar then add to the green bean mixture, stirring constantly.
  4. Take off the heat and bottle whilst still hot. 
  5. Cool and store.

 The only step I omit is steaming the beans - for runners you have to do this, for French beans you can just simmer them in the vinegar until they are tender to your taste before adding the curry powder.  We normally cut the French beans into about 1cm size pieces, runner should be a bit thinner to ensure it cooks soft enough.  Again, as a matter of personal taste, we prefer the beans crunchy, though you may prefer to steam or cook them softer.

Sat 14-Jul-12
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For Maizena - read Cornflour.

I'll try that again!

Sat 14-Jul-12
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Thank you so much Rob12.  I have a project for next week!  Not sure that the beans will remain in the jar long because they sound delicious.

Sat 14-Jul-12
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More garlic and beetroot and I shall protect my overwintered broad beans better..  A few more early tomatoes and two less cucumbers....meaning that I shall only have two ...so many that they went to feed my neighbour's cows...what_the_heckwhat_the_heck

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Sat 14-Jul-12
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irist said:

Thank you so much Rob12.  I have a project for next week!  Not sure that the beans will remain in the jar long because they sound delicious.

I should mention - try to get your hands on the South African White Grape vinegar or, failing that, use Japanese rice vinegar (identical in taste and safe as above 4% acidity) as this is made with a much milder tasting vinegar than the types you normally get up here.

Sun 15-Jul-12
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Hi Rob - thanks for the tip.  Not sure that in the depths of Cornwall I shall be able to get hold of such exotic vinegars.  I'm sure the larger supermarkets will have rice vinegar but perhaps not the S African grape variety.  I like the sound of the milder flavour.  I have asthma and have trouble with the smell of boiling malt vinegar when making chutney etc.

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irist said:

Hi Rob - thanks for the tip.  Not sure that in the depths of Cornwall I shall be able to get hold of such exotic vinegars.  I'm sure the larger supermarkets will have rice vinegar but perhaps not the S African grape variety.  I like the sound of the milder flavour.  I have asthma and have trouble with the smell of boiling malt vinegar when making chutney etc.

I am with you on that.  I don't mind white wine vinegar for preserving but when making the South African preserves (and picallilli) I have had complaints that even the white wine vinegar is too strong (more the smell than the taste) so have reverted to using the South African vinegar where possible.  The Japanese rice wine vinegar is generally quite widely available now so hopefully you won't have any trouble finding it.

 

I abhor malt vinegar - one of my former housemates was a poor cook and his mother had told him to boil vinegar in a pot if he had burnt on food to loosen the burnt layer...the number of times I came home to a house that reeked of malt vinegar has put me off it for life...

Wed 18-Jul-12
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We decided that broad beans and peas in the greenhouse were a great success this year. I think that was due to the cooler weather though but I am just wondering if we can manage to overwinter them somehow in the greenhouse so they can come through early. Only way to find out is to try I guess! cheers

We will probably make a decision this year on which tomatoes to keep and drop a few varieties and try a few different ones.

Wed 18-Jul-12
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Jury is out for a while

Trying to enjoy life as it is

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Fri 20-Jul-12
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Most of my chillies will be overwintered for next year to grow again.  I shall try to take cuttings of the sweet peppers to increase my stock as all of these are producing well, even in this poor weather.  The tomatoes in the greenhouse are by far and away the tidiest I have ever grown so assuming they ever produce fruit (and going on the quality thereof) I will repeat these next year.

 

The courgettes and patty pans are coming on very well now and both will be repeated next year.  The courgettes are a variety I bought in Italy so shall stock up when I am over there in September again (excellent little garden/hardware shop in the Oltrarno district of Florence that stocks just about everything you never knew you needed but do...).

 

Beans - I save seed year on year from the Stenner variety of runner bean (which doesn't appear to be commercially available anymore) and the Borlotti beans so will do so again this year (fortunately they are in pots so will be moving with us).

 

The rest remains to be seen...still...we really need a blast of sunshine and heat to bring things on a bit.

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