Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Friday, September 25, 2009

Beanz Meanz...Well, Not Heinz, Anyway!

Now that I have a serious quantity of beans, I thought I'd better look for a serious number of bean recipes. Baked beans seems a pretty good choice to start with so I've found a recipe which includes treacle & tomatoes & half a pound of climbing barlotti beans which are soaking overnight ready to cook tomorrow.

Of course I've always looked at beans as being a bit of padding with not a lot of taste, but vegetarians have to eat something & they're OK if you like that sort of thing, but give me a steak any day.

I do give them their place with sausages, or in a stew or to make mince go a bit further, but it's only now that I come to look at some recipes, that I have rather more enthusiasm.

By chance, I caught the end of a Jamie Oliver programme C4 this evening & - damn me - if he wasn't cooking barlotti beans too in a delicious looking dish which I must have a go at too.

Wonder if I've grown enough beans...?


  1. Too many? Not if you want to save and swap them too. There must be a word for 'fear of growing too few beans'?

    I love them in a pork (or pork sausage) casserole. Pork and beans is a marriage made in heaven!

  2. Starting to suffer from mal-legume-itis here - each family size bean-based meal seems to call for about a pound of dry beans. That's loads!

  3. but give me a steak any day

    especially if the jacket potato and salad came fresh from your lottie!

  4. Might start to put up what home grown stuff I'm eating each day, Bilbo - not sure yet - but jacket spud & salad did come from the Hill last night!


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