Thursday, 22 May 2008

Garlic roasted green beans and farewell to an old camera

After the spate of Japanese recipes that I've been posting for the last few entries, it's time for a change. I found this recipe for garlic roasted green beans written ages ago. If you love garlic like we do in this house, this one is definitely for you. If not, you can reduce the amount of garlic for just a tinge of flavour (although you're missing out!)

Garlic roasted green beans

Ingredients (serves 2-3 as a side dish):

250g green beans, topped & tailed
2-3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced or minced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Top and tail the green beans (you can also cut them in half or left whole). Place in a shallow baking dish with the garlic. Drizzle over the olive oil and lemon juice, season well with salt and pepper and toss to mix.

2. Cook in the middle of the oven for about 15-18 minutes, until the green beans are tender and the ends of the beans are slightly shrivelled.

This was one of the last photos I took with my trusty old point-and-shoot camera, a Canon Powershot A75. It died on me when I was in Boston almost a month ago. I was doing some sightseeing (walking the Freedom Trail) on a glorious day and as I was taking some photos outside the Old South Meeting House, some homeless black guy ran into me (while I was standing to one side on the pavement) and knocked my camera to the ground. It landed lens side down (of course... ) and was pretty much dead. The lens was scratched, with some pretty impressive dents, and was actually bent, as you can see in the photos below. It was knocked out of place such that the lens would not retract at all and with the mechanism jammed, the camera would not turn back on and I spent the rest of the trip pretty sad and camera-less.



While the DSLR has taken my photography hobby to a new level, I still appreciate the mobility and flexibility of a good compact point-and-shoot digicam. All photos taken prior to March 2008 were taken with my old Canon and it has served me well over the years. I will be looking for another compact digicam soon, once I stop feeling so poor!


Su-Lin said...

Sorry about your camera... :(

Zoe said...

i've never tried roasting veggies. usually they are stir-fried.

do they turn out well? i am always worried they will end up shrivelled - i guess that's more for the leafy ones right?

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Sorry to hear about your camera. I've had my fare share of run ins with crazy homeless people though as well.

This is my favourite way to prepare greenbeens!

noobcook said...

yummy, I love the olive oil and garlic combo, such a nice way to prepare beans.

Sorry to hear about your cam ... I know how much it sucks to be camera-less when traveling. Hope u have fun shopping for a new cam! :)

didally said...

I like roasted vegetables and garlic.

Sorry about your cam. I owned a A80 for about 3 years before it died on me. I like it for the size, some manual functions and the lcd flip screen.

tigerfish said...

I thought I was the only one still using a Powershot! This is my second Powershot thought (A530). My A75 gave way 2 yrs ago due to some lens problem.

Nilmandra said...

Su-lin: It was rather sad, but oh well, that means I can get a newer camera at some point :)

Zoe: You're right, it's the non-leafy veg that are good for roasting. E.g. peppers, courgettes, tomatoes, aubergine/brinjal, green beans, carrots. The roasting actually bring out the sweetness in the veg.

Marc: I usually stir fry them or just steam and toss with butter or olive. This is quite a fuss free method :)

Noobcook: Thanks. I will as soon as I feel a little more affluent ;)

Didally: I also liked the manual functions, more flexibility. The Powershot series do take lovely photos. I'm a complete Canon convert since my film camera days :)

Tigerfish: The Powershot series is really good! I love them. Actually I used to own an A60 (I think?) before it got lost and I bought the A75 to replace it. I might go for an IXUS next, for the portability, since I now have the DSLR for the more 'serious' photography.

noble pig said...

Yeah for the new camera, I'm sure you will tease us with all your new photos.

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