Tuesday, January 16, 2007
A revision exercise
First time with Plantation beans was not a resounding success. The power of bacon to render green beans irresistible was not as great as I had anticipated.
But not being one to give up easily I found another version of Southern Beans. Its a little different than the first version I tried and was tastier. In fact its delicious. Freddie liked the vinegary-salty taste and I used thick lardons of bacon this time. Lardons is such a good word for such a delightful food product.
So it worked - another vegetable he might consider eating again.
Our family has been a little taken up with the joys of the 11 plus entrance exams. For those of you outside the UK, this is an archane practice still alive in the British education system by which children reach the ripe old age of ten and are tested to see where they might go on to secondary school. So at ten or eleven it is a cue for hundreds of children to be entered into an academic meat market. Why ten or eleven? Seems such a random age to take a snapshot of someone's educational promise and judge where they should be educated. I'm using this as an excuse for our laziness on the Great Big Veg Challenge. The focus on revision has rubbed off on our cooking habits. We revisited loads of the old blogged vegetables - artichoke pizza was made again along with asparagus in parma ham. When the exam is out of the way we promise to be more adventurous.