The Beach Cottage Thanksgiving Recipe
Mon 21st, Nov, 2011
G’day beach cottage lovelies.
Phew, it was a hot one this weekend…and guess who spent it getting up at 5.30am and driving to a beach for a sporting event. That would be me. I tell you what I sure get to see Australia, in my role as Top Taxi Driver….the mercury was pretty hot, on the way home it was hitting 37C (that’s nearly 100F) and a lovely blue sunshiney day….
I, though, spent the whole drive thinking about Thanksgiving…as a transplanted, newly Aussie, Brit, I have a dear love for this new to me, American, celebration.
Of course, there is no history to it for me, no memories, good or bad, of gatherings…which, for me, does in fact make it all the sweeter…this is a chance to celebrate and start a new tradition for something that is just ours…and means something to me….being thankful and grateful has been one of the biggest things that I have learnt because of this blog…and getting to know other people’s cultures has been one of the biggest things I have got as a blog reader…
The culmination of the two, means, now, in our third year, Thanksgiving Beach Cottage style…it is nothing like, (I presume) the celebrations some of those of you that read this blog might have, but for us, it is slowly weaving its way into our calendar…
It is a very simple affair to be very honest, my kiddos a very simple gift, to show my thanks for having them in my life, and rather than a huge celebratory meal, for us it is not a holiday day, just a regular old Thursday night…plus I like to set the table…as you know I am always looking for a bit of an excuse for some tablescaping (Christmas ones are coming…woot woot!….don’t you just love everything getting twinkly right about now?)
… for Thanksgiving we will be having Green Bean Casserole…it came about through my trawling of the internet looking for easy recipes for Thanksgiving that weren’t a huge old deal and could be adapted for a regular night…after I made it the first time we had it lots of nights! I just kept cooking it til those Beach Cottage kiddos couldn’t look another French bean in the eye ;-)
This is one of my favourite recipes ever, hence plugging it now…
…as ever this ticks all the Beach Cottage Recipe boxes…it’s no-brainer simple, it uses easy ingredients and you could almost do it with your eyes shut…plus it has my fave combo…lemon & garlic…
Beach Cottage Thankful Beans, Lemon & Garlic Casserole
1kg green beans, topped and tailed
2 cups bacon (not skinny low-fat bacon) trimmed
Maldon sea salt or equivalent & pepper
1 1/2 lemons, peeled & zested
3 cloves of garlic
2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 knobs of butter
1. salt a saucepan of water and put on to boil
2. sling the bacon in a large wide frying/casserole pan
3. once it is beginning to cook and some of the fat has come off, move the bacon to the edges and add the onions and garlic to the pan and slowly cook until soft
4. blanch the beans in the water (if you like your beans fairly crunchy keep an eagle eye on these and drain after about 3 mins), strain them and put them back in the pan with the lid on to keep warm.
5. chop up the lemons into small cubes about 1 cm square or so on a board
6. once the garlic/onion is soft and the bacon is coloured and cooked add the butter and the lemons to the pan and include any juice from the lemons on the board
7. now stir it all around with a wooden spoon until all is hot through
8. tip the beans in and stir/mix around until they are coated in the buttery/lemony juices
9. place in a warmed caserole dish
**notes if you love the hit of lemon up the juice to that of 2 lemons adjust garlic to taste, I like its heady breath full on here but you may want to limit it to 2, * a knob of butter is a lovely British term about a hefty tablespoon or so…or the size of a walnut..though I have to say I am not consistent with the size of my knobs
* recipe is a main stand-alone supper dish that serves four (though not four big hefty adults) accompanied with French bread and followed by cheese* as a side dish for a gathering where a turkey or suchlike is the main player this could well be left with only half the bacon
Let me know if you try it…it really is a perfect weeknight supper on its own merits…of course foof it up a bit and this is more than good enough for a dinner party dish of your dreams…
OK, ladies, I have to rush…guess what will be arriving in this old cottage soon? oooooooooh a job lot of Vintage French Cafe Chairs, no less…do you think I have been doing the vintage thrifters dance…yes sirree Mr President
See you soon