Normality seems to have returned to our house. The boys are energetically bouncing towards the weekend and I am back to my coffee drinking self. Stew still hasn't succumbed, I hope it will pass him by this time. I am feeding him up on salads, vegetables, fruit and plenty of water. So I have been on pinterest to get some inspiration for new and exciting side dishes.
I have admitted before that I am a pinterest addict, but two things bug me when I am on there.
1) I click on a picture and instead of taking me to the recipe/beautiful white kitchen/cool craft for kids page. It takes me to a random webpage with excessive adverts and a different not so good looking recipe/white kitchen/craft.
2) A great looking picture that when you click on it isn't really a true recipe, it is just an advert for a product and an example of how to use that product.
Currently it is 11:16pm. I am the only one left up and I am having an indulgent hour on Pinterest. Well I was until I got incensed by the fact my two Pinterest bug bares have occurred 4 times in the last 5 minutes!
Firstly I saw a beautiful looking pasta dish. It was stacked full of prawns, what looked like spinach and flecks of chilli. It looked divine. And I will be working on recreating it without a recipe. As when I clicked on the picture, did the delicious prawn pasta recipe appear? NO! I got an ad page and a recipe for baked potatoes. Urrrrrr, no that isn't what I wanted!
Then the last thing, and the thing that tipped me over the edge and has sent me on a little mini rant was a picture for a prawn sandwich. It looked soooooo good. It was crispy prawns in a soft bun with a smoked mayo and a lemon slaw. I was all over that, it looked delicious. I was sooooooo disappointed.
The 'recipe', was a brand recipe and it directed you to buy the specific brand's frozen breaded prawns, shop bought coleslaw and add lemon to it and mix liquid smoke into shop bought mayo. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good supermarket hack. When you are short on time, if you can perk up something and save yourself a whole heap of prep then aces. But I was looking for a recipe and got an assembly guide. So really my point is that after seeing the photo my expectations were far higher than they should have been. I am sure it was a great sandwich and it sounds like something I need to recreate, but I was expecting one thing and what I got fell short.
Anyhow, I have digressed! Bet you thought I was about to share a crispy prawn recipe with you 😉 I do have a prawn recipe to share with you, but not tonight. Tonight I am sharing an old Pinterest find that I cooked up today. Roasted green beans. Who knew that roasted beans could be so good? Roasted peppers, yes, roasted onions yes, even roasted broccoli is good (if you haven't tried it you should - I'll get a recipe up next week) but beans? I was sceptical, but I was wrong. They were yum!
The original recipe I used was from Ann's Entitled Life. The beans are coated in parmesan and then roasted. I cooked them up for the boys before Christmas and I thought they were delicious, but they scraped the cheese off! Go figure! So today I put the cheese on at the end and they were much happier.
We enjoyed this with some garlic and rosemary prawns/chicken. Mr 7 and I enjoyed prawns, but I cooked up a chicken thigh for Mr4 as he is still maintaining that he doesn't like prawns. (Remind me again when the food fad/Food refusal phase ends?)
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- 400g green beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
- ½ tsp chopped finely rosemary
- 30g parmesan
- Lemon to serve (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/fan forced 160ºC/Gas mark 4
- Wash the beans and dry them well with some kitchen paper or a clean tea towel.
- Top and tail the beans.
- Line a baking sheet with cooking paper.
- Tip the beans out on the baking sheet.
- Drizzle over the oil, season generously with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the chopped rosemary.
- Turn the beans over to ensure each one has a coating and then spread them out in one single layer.
- Bake them in the middle of the oven for 35 minutes.
- Meanwhile grate the parmesan.
- Remove from the beans from the oven and sprinkle over the grated cheese.
- Serve immediately with a wedge of lemon.