Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My mum’s a veggie, as is my sister and Bob, my brother in law. I was a veggie too once, for five years. A pretty militant one at that, no meat, fish or eggs for me. As for cheese, I'd only eat ultra-bland stuff without animal rennet in it. I didn't eat Polo mints either, because unbeknownst to most people they contain beef extracts. It all started in uni when I joined the Hunt Saboteurs Association. We’d go out on weekends into the English countryside and ‘sab’ fox hunts. It was great fun. We were basically running around blowing hunting horns in the wrong places and spraying citronella to confuse the dogs.
These days though, 16 years [aaaargh…is it really that long??!!?] after a run-in with a bacon sandwich, I’ve gone to the other end of the spectrum. I’ll eat anything, so long as there’s no butter or cream in it. Olive oil rules!
Anyway, enough blabbing, here’s the recipe. Enjoy.
Green beans, rocket and paprika feta salad
Half a kilo of green beans
Four cloves of garlic
Top and tail the green beans and boil them until they are tender. Drain and cool in cold water to stop them cooking. While that’s happening, chop the onion and garlic and stir fry in a little olive oil until they are crunchy soft. Put the beans in there, mix until it’s all warmed through and add the rocket leaves before serving. Crumble some feta over the top. Put as much as you like in, though I prefer to err on the side of less with this cheese. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and add a few drops of balsamic vinegar. Season and sprinkle with paprika to finish it off. Serve with crusty bread.