Eating from the Garden #3: Greens and Beans

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Blog entry by Harold and Pam posted 08-10-2010 09:41 PM 3296 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How’s about some southern cook’n of greens and beans!! Collard Greens and Asian “Yard Long” Beans to be more specific.

Asian Beans

Now I’m from upstate New York and don’t know much about Collard Greens – Pam is from Florida and doesn’t care much for Collards… so why not plant a few and see what happens.

Well first thing that happened was they grew – and they grew BIG! So big that Pam stripped the leaves off of two plants and cut the stalk down to the ground – it came back. Fresh Picked

washed and ready to cook

I found this recipe for making Collards on, called Big Daddy Jay's Collard Greens Recipe. I modified it slightly by adding bacon and by eliminating the vinegar. I also make a roux to thicken up the gravy. I love it…. In the beginning Pam only tolerates them; now she loves ’”em!

“A Mess of Collards” starting to cook. Some extra stock to the left. And if you notice the red container to the right; that’s our kitchen scrap bucket that we use to feed our worms.

Umm, collard greens mixed with onions, bacon and a creamy maple and brown sugar gravy. Can you say YUM!!

Now the Asian Beans are very interesting as the plant does not produce a load of beans like other varieties do. However, as you can see, these beans are a tad longer then most – 17 – 21 inches as compared to the common 3 – 5 inch bean. So one bean equals 3 – 5 regular beans when diced up.
Are these long beans or what!!

In this dish, I pan fried the beans (about 7 – 10 mins) in olive oil and top with salt and minced garlic.

I’m going back for 2nd’s!

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 08-11-2010 06:29 AM

Wow, great harvests! I have never had Asian green beans. Do they taste similar to pole beans? How do they taste fresh? We grow chard and it seems to grow like your collard greens. We have been enjoying chard all summer and it keeps coming back. Your dinner looks delicious; nothing tastes better than food right from your garden that you grew yourselves. Enjoy!

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posted 08-11-2010 09:18 AM

Oh yes! That looks good! I grow chard too, and bush beans….I think I’ll be trying this. Thanks for the step-by-step directions.

Those Asian beans look wonderful. I had all fresh veggies from my garden last night…..what a feast…for eyes as well as tummy. :) Your plate looks good!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 08-11-2010 05:40 PM

Robin – as far as I can tell, the Asian beans taste just like any other bean…. taste like chicken :~)

Yes, Iris a dinner from the garden is indeed a rewarding feast.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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posted 08-11-2010 09:08 PM

My garden looks like the “Jolly Green Giant” moved into it

Nice to know my “Giant” has a “cousin” who is as good a gardener and isnt camera shy !

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 08-13-2010 02:49 PM

Wow I haven’t eaten collards in years but I used to enjoy them with a little lemon and butter.And look at the size of those beans.They look great.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 08-20-2010 01:22 PM

gotta love a plant that keeps on producing! Great use of space.

I just picked some beans today.. might just have to do the garlic idea.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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