Monday, July 23, 2012
When I was a kid, my paternal grandma had a wonderful garden. She had everything from corn to peppers to zucchini, even concord grapes that I was fascinated with as they grew on the vine. She would make homemade grape jelly and pickles and preserve stuff for the winter. Of course there were also beans. Before we could can them, we'd need to snap the ends off. I was 5 or 6 years old and I'd sit in grandma's kitchen with her and huge bowls of beans and we'd sit in silence except for the sounds of snapping as we each worked our respective bowls.
When I'm stressed, if there's a stray piece of bubble wrap around, I sit there and pop, pop, pop the stress away. I was having a bit of a day Saturday as our plans were getting rearranged a bit due to home improvement gone awry. Earlier in the morning we hit the farmers market and I got a big bag of beans to prepare with dinner that night for friends. As I heard the sounds of chaos outside, I could feel my blood pressure rising. I needed bubble wrap...I had none available. Then I remembered I needed to snap the beans and do a little blanching to save myself some time.
|I started with my bag o' beans.|
|Each bean has an end that needs to be snapped.|
|I snapped off each end.|
|By the end, I had a small bowl of green bean ends...|
|...and a wonderful bowl of beans to prepare for dinner.|
So if you ever have a stressful day and need some cheap therapy to keep your sanity, bean therapy is a great way to go.
What form of food prep relaxes you?
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