* What to do with Flat Beans
Flat beans-tomatoes, baked potatoes, fresh salade and pork chops
Growing Flat Beans
Little info about Flat Beans
In my country - The Netherlands - flat beans are a most common veggie, which by most people is prepared in a total different way than I'll show you here in my own recipe.
As English is not my native language, I had to look up the English name for this bean. I think flat beans is a proper name for them. Like French beans, they are running beans, meaning they climb upwards along high wooden sticks or a wire netting fence. You can even grow them in a pot on your balcony along a strong rope.
We call them "Snijboon" (Cutting bean) because they way they're normally prepared is cutting the bean dioganal in small strings, like you see in the photo below. They even invented machines to do the cutting for you.
Those sliced beans were cooked in water with a pinch of salt and to be honest: I have never liked them the way they normally prepare these beans.
So when I grew up and had my own household, I thought up another way of preparing these beans and I like them much better now. In fact we eat them quite a lot I must say.
About Flat Beans
Are Flat Beans a common vegetable where you live?
- 1 package Flat beans, or 2 if you are big eaters
- 4 Tomatoes, Fresh
- 2 spoons Oil, I always use Olive Oil
- a pinch of Salt
Cook Time for Flat Beans with Tomatoes
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Preparing the Flat Beans
- Take the beans out of the package and cut off their head and tail with a sharp knife.
- Cut the beans into small pieces. Not to big or it will take a longer time for them to get soft and edible.
- Put the olive oil (or other oil if you don't like olive oil) in the baking pan and let it heat.
- Put in the sliced beans and stir them around with a wooden spoon until they all have been in contact with the oil. Stir them around for a few minutes and then lower the heat and put the lit on the pan and let the beans simmer for a while until they get darker and softer.
- Take the 4 or 5 tomatoes and cut them in small pieces. I never take of the skin of the tomatoes, because then they will get too mushy rather quick.
- When the beans are almost done (soft but still a bit firm) add the tomatoes and stir around carefully. When all is soft and hot, the flat beans with tomatoes are done.
You'll need a sharp kitchen knife to cut the beans
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Porc Chop Titia's way
There's a Porc Chop to roast
In Holland we have a slightly different way to eat our dinner than they do in the USA. We put our veggies, potatoes, and meat all in once on our plate. Even if we add a cold salade it's put on that same plate. Our portions are normally not that big, so it will all fit on that one plate.
I do like porc chops, in fact it's about the only meat I eat besides the meat of my own sheep.
For this recipe I roast them in a special way. I add some powder spices like Coriander, Cumin and Turmeric and then some soya sauce while roasting the meat in a frying pan. It gives a delicious flavour to the meat and it goes very well with the flat beans.
The meat will take longer to cook, so you have to prepare that before your start with the veggie.
We need more than only Veggies and Meat
We need some potatoes and a little fresh salade on the plate (or on the side).
You can either bake some leftover potatoes or you can cook potatoes. Both go well with this recipe. I myself prefer baked potatoes.
I always buy some simple ready made fresh salade, because they're cheap and tastes good. Sometimes I add a little tin of corn to it. You can of course make your own if you want to, but don't overdo it, the main veggie is the Flat Beans with Tomatoes.