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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Lemony beans with dill and onion

Another BBQ tonight, after a 36 degree day. This time with a few friends who came over for a swim before heading out to a rehearsal with their vocal group, Pablo, which has recently been chosen as a competitor on the new TV talent show The X Factor (like Australian/American Idol, but for groups as well as soloists), which begins screening soon. These boys are fabulous (and cute!) and I sing classically with all of them. It's great to see them on stage performing such different repertoire, and I already know that the TV cameras have been following them, during the auditions, with great interest (there's a great storyline there I can't go into yet).
So, another barbie - more lamb, more snags, more beer, more green cordial... But this time we had some beans as well. Beans fresh from the back garden, tossed through with lemony butter, dill and onion. Yum. Read on if you want the "recipe":

Lemony beans with dill & onion

Fresh green beans cut into fork-manageble lengths
1 small onion, finely sliced*
Juice of 1 small, juicy lemon
couple of tablespoons fresh, chopped dill
a knob of butter
a slurp of olive oil

Bring water to the boil in a wide, shallow pan. Cook beans until not-raw (about 6 minutes). Drain and return to empty pan with the butter and olive oil. Stir to coat, then add the lemon juice, fresh dill & onion. Season and toss to combine.
*I added my unchopped onion to the water for a few minutes as it was heating to take away it's harsh rasp. It wasn't cooked, but wasn't entirely raw. Works well!


  • I'm so envious - not only do you have nice weather and a barbie - but a garden with your very own beans too? You are indeed a lucky girl Niki!

    By Blogger Zarah Maria, at 1/25/2005 11:54:00 pm  

  • Hi Niki:
    Your blog caught my attention because I love to cook. I am in Northern California and will definitely try some of the great recipes you have listed. The photos are beautiful as well.
    Keep up the great work.
    Melissa (Sasha is just a nickname I use on the internet)

    By Blogger Sasha, at 1/26/2005 04:34:00 pm  

  • Zarah - I must admit that these beans are actually from my grandmother's garden, not ours....our dog would destroy any carefully-tended veggie patch

    Melissa - Thanks for visiting! Hope you return!

    By Blogger Niki, at 1/27/2005 01:40:00 pm  

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