One of my best crop this year is Bean Wonder of Venice Runner from King Seeds, I have a few plants growing so high that they are reaching the nearby trees, so much that the bamboo support poles are bending (great stuff bamboo, it bends!!)
Wonder of Venice is yellow and delicious, and not stringy.
I don't like to boil beans, I rather stew them slowly. For this recipe I just sizzled some garlic with olive oil, then I added the beans (washed and topped and tailed) and then cooked them on low with the lid on, adding just a tiny bit of water and a pinch of salt. They take about 20-30 minutes. In the meantime I chopped some garlic, parsley and salt, and then added this mixture to the beans once they were cooked. So simple, and the taste is so good!
Another good crop this year is tomato, I pick cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes daily now, and the Cape gooseberries are also starting to come through: these are great for the children's lunch boxes. A lot of gardeners in NZ had a good tomato crop this year, and I wished that I have planted more now, usually I don't get so many!
Final note: I am enjoying my flowers from the garden too, I think that they missed the rain this year, but the strongest still managed to prosper even if I couldn't water them (we have a draught here and I use only a little water for the vegetables, I would feel too guilty overwatering my garden when some farmers have so little water). Did you garden prosper this year, or did it suffer for luck of rain?
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©