Green Beans with Mustard

 


I saw this recipe for cooking green beans on an episode of Two Fat Ladies. Some of you may be familiar with them. Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson were two English ladies who traveled around the United Kingdom on a Triumph motorcycle with a side car driven by Paterson.
Their very popular cooking show aired between 1996 and 1999. This series showcased the beautiful English countryside, and a gentile lifestyle as well as preserving classic English recipes. Jennifer and Clarissa introduced me to the popular English dish "Bubble and Squeak".

This two part recipe calls for the preparation of Roman Mustard a few days prior to preparing the recipe. Some state that this mustard recipe actually comes from an ancient Roman cookbook called Apicius written in the late 4th or early 5th century AD.



Green Beans with Mustard



ROMAN MUSTARD:
Prepare 36 to 48 hours in advance

* 12 ounces brown mustard seed
* 8 fluid ounces red wine vinegar
* 12 fluid ounces unsweetened red grape juice
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, freshly ground
* 2 ounces flaked almonds
* 3 ounces pine nuts
* 1 pound green beans

* 2 tablespoons mustard oil
* 1/2 small fresh green chili, seeded and finely chopped
* 1 large clove garlic, crushed
* 1 teaspoon Roman mustard
* Salt (original recipes calls for Maldon or Malden salt - a fine finishing salt)
* 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard seed
* 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed

Directions:

Prepare the Roman mustard. Combine the mustard seed, vinegar and grape juice, and mix in the salt and cumin. Leave to soak, covered but not sealed for 36 to 48 hours. Put into a food processor and whiz for 1 to 2 minutes or until coarsely ground, then add the almonds and pine nuts and whiz very briefly until they are completely broken up, not over-processed.

Recipe:

Trim the beans, then slice them into 1-inch pieces diagonally. Cook in boiling salted water for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on their age. They should be tender but still have a slight bite. Drain.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the empty pan. Blend the chili, garlic, and mustard together with a pinch of salt. Add to the pan and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the beans and stir thoroughly over a very low heat.

In a small pan heat the remaining oil, add the mustard seed and cumin, and cover. Cook until they start to splutter. Pour over the beans and serve immediately.

Yield:4 servings

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