We've had quite a lot of bad weather this summer. There usually aren't that many cyclones that come this far south, but this year they really messed up the beaches here on the Gold Coast. The previously large golden sand beaches are reduced to small strips of sand and loads of debris. Here is something strange I found there last week.
I've never been a fan of green beans. We grow the yellow ones because they are quite nice if they are picked early. This year however I discovered snake beans. Strange I didn't find out about them sooner. They are simply delicous! No squeeking on the teeth like other beans and a slight asparagus flavour. Unlike many other vegetables they grow fantastically well in our sub-tropical summers. Just make sure you put up a sturdy trellis. Mine blew over 3 times in our inclement summer weather. I'm surprised they survived at all really. A chinese friend taught me how to cook them very easily and deliciously. Stir fry some garlic (optional) in hot oil, add chopped beans (about 1 to 2cm long) and stirfry for another couple of minutes. Add a small amount of water and pop on a lid. Steam this way until you have your desired amount of tenderness. I like my veg a bit crunchy so I steam them for less than 5 minutes. Add some lightly beaten eggs and stirfry till cooked. A great asian breakfast or light lunch, and super healthy. I love it because I can use so many things from our garden and out of the chook pen.
We have a larger variety of feathers from the chickens at the moment. We have 4 girls of our own. Henry and little Henry the roosters and 4 visitors that are with us while their owners are in Sydney getting treatment. I really thought it would take a while, but they settled in together quite quickly and as is to be expected they all love Henry.