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Chinese Garlic Green Beans

Chinese Garlic Green Beans


½ Onion,finely diced
3 Cloves of Garlic, diced
50g of trimmed Green Beans
60ml of Rice Wine or Shaoxing Wine
` Tbsp of Oyster Sauce
1 Tbsp of Soy Sauce (Gluten free for us)
½ Tsp of Ground Ginger
Oil to fry
Sesame Seeds to garnish


(1) Heat the Oil in a large frying pan or Wok and fry the Onions & Garlic until softened.
(2) Add the Green Beans and stir to coat.
(3) Once the Beans have softened slightly add the Wine and stir well.
(4) Add the Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce and Ground Ginger.
(5) Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
(6) Garnish with Sesame Seeds and server as a side.

A tasty side to add a bit of colour to rice based Chinese dishes.

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Leftovers Soup!

We have a confession to make…. We often cook far too many vegetables and also end up with bits of leftover meat. Most folk would throw these in the bin, but we’re a bit tight like that. So it all ends up in the freezer in boxes. But the freezer is not a bottomless pit.

So yesterday we had a “Soup Making Day” Nothing goes to waste here. I can’t give you exact ingredients for this soup but basically you’ll need the following.


Vegetables and meat leftovers from the freezer
2 Stock cubes
1 Wuzzer ( We got ours as a freebie via Amazon when we switched energy suppliers) – That’s a food processor to most folk.


(1) Thaw everything you have stored in boxes.
(2) Boil 2 Stock cubes in 500ml of water.
(3) Blitz everything apart from the stock.
(4) Place in a large pan and add enough stock to make a reasonable soup liquidity.
(5) Bring to boil.
(6) If you are not going to eat today allow to cool and freeze in portions.

We have a few verbs and bits an bobs which we are growing in tubs on our balcony, so I dressed the soups up with those, a Gluten free cracker and a bit of grated Cheese. Looks good, tastes better!

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