Runner bean salad with roasteded tomatoes
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.
Archway roses snapped while
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.