Special ep. – yellow string beans with onion

Yellow string beans with onions. Episode 4. Carmen mother…

Take a 401 pages book with recipes for grills, pies and other things that Americans eat at the barbecue. Okay, 376 if you don’t count the covers, the contents list and some nonsense. Read it once. Forget about it. Read it again. Think about. And conclude: the level of the kitchen skills is still at the level of 7-12 years old. As a result….


2 pounds thin young green beans, trimmed, ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, Sea salt such as fleur de sel.

That is, yellow string beans, olive oil, some kind of onion and salt. Sea salt.


You wake up on Sunday morning because your sister called you too early. You walk on your two legs into the kitchen, grab a coffee and a cigar and get dressed. You wake up completely when your sister calls you again to get off the ivory tower and move motorized to your mom. Who sends you into the garden to strengthen your leg muscles and you come back with a bag of string beans and some onions.

Then you look at your brother-in-law spinning some things on the grill and wondering why the chicken is red. You go home and forget the beans in the fridge. And onions in the pantry. For a week.

After that, you clean the beans and wash them. Put a pot of water on the fire, throw some salt in it and wait for it to boil. That’s what the book says. If your name is Carmen, throw in a cup of vinegar, because you’re not sour enough. When the water boils, put the beans in the pot and wait about 5 minutes. Drain the beans and wait. Again. To cool down.

Then peel the onion and try to cut it into thin slices as your mom taught you. You can’t do it, but throw it over the beans. Pour some olive oil over and mix it. And theoretically some salt. Yes, you put it in the water too. So you skip it. You feel proud of yourself for cooking like the Americans.

P.S. That’s not the onion from the recipe, but my mother only has red onions.

P.P.S By the end of the year, I might be able to follow a recipe. I might.

The recipe is part of the number four book proposed at cookingbookclub and entitled The Big Book of Backyard Cooking 250 Favorite Recipes for Enjoying the Great Outdoors.

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