Run­ner bean salad with roast­eded toma­toes

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Garden Diary -

This quick and easy salad is bright and colour­ful. If you don’t have one, it is worth buy­ing a run­ner bean slic­ing gad­get (cost around $6-7) as it makes slic­ing and string­ing the beans so easy.. Serve this salad straight away with cold meats or quiche. If you can’t get hold of fresh thyme, you can use fresh basil. This is also de­li­cious with sliced mush­rooms in place of the toma­toes.

Pre­heat the oven to 220°C. Place the cherry toma­toes in a roast­ing tin. Driz­zle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sea­son. Roast on the high­est shelf of the oven for 8-10 min­utes or un­til the toma­toes are just start­ing to pop their

sk skins. Slice the beans into thin rib­bons and blanch in boil­ing salted wa­ter for 1-2 min min­utes un­til just ten­der. Re­fresh un­der cold run­ning wa­ter and drain well. Place the beans and toma­toes on a serv­ing dish. Re­move the leaves from the thyme and mix with the re­main­ing oil and lemon juice. Sea­son to taste, pour over the beans and serve straight away.

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wan­der­ing in Waipuku­rau. Stun­ning buds

of roses in a Waipuku­rau park. gar­den, and the beauty of th­ese flow­ers is long-last­ing and con­stant. There are very few months of the year when they are not throw­ing out fresh blooms and then the fo­liage is push­ing up­wards in the next round of growth.

Orig­i­nally from Peru – hence it’s other name, Peru­vian Lily – the al­stroe­me­ria has a colour range of pink to red, ma­genta and mauve, bi- coloured and orange. It’s im­pos­si­ble to ac­quire pure white ones, which I’ve only seen in florist bou­quets.

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