Do remember growing beans in school?
The uncomplicated, independent and immediate-gratification queen of seeds. In clear plastic or styrofoam cups, cuddled with moist paper towels, sunning on the window ledge, they’d be beanstalks in no time.
So when looking for things to grow in our country garden, beans topped the list.
Ruby planted a purple variety in May and now they are ready.
One of the more delicious summer meals is a simple salad towering with on-hand ingredients – even better if you’ve just pulled them from the garden. Add a few hunks of fresh bread and old cheddar, white wine and a cool breeze on the deck and life is lovely.
The key to building a salad meal is to add in a bunch of great ingredients and keep adding more. Use whatever you have and experiment. To this bean salad we could also add tuna, olives, some parmesan. No fresh beans? Use chick peas. No potatoes? Use croutons. Mix it up and enjoy.