French Beans with Chorizo Sausage

Climate change, global warming - call it what you want but in the UK this last week we have been blessed with some glorious weather. The sun has shone, the temperature been comfortable and the air crisp and fresh. It has been perfect cycling weather and also a great opportunity to get the garden in order for the summer. Firing up the mower and joining the chorus others in south London trimming their lawns, I also dug up a bed for some veg. The carrots and radishes are in as well as some peas, lettuce and for the first time french beans. I was given the seeds by the good folk at while talking at The Arcola Theatre on one of their Green Sundays.

All being well I will get a bumper crop of beans and get to treat some friends to this great summer recipe.
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped 
  • 3 tbsp sherry
  • 300g French beans, topped and tailed 
  • 100g pine nuts 
  • a healthy knob of butter 
  • 2 fat chorizo halved and sliced
  • a handful parsley, roughly chopped 

1. Put the shallots and sherry in a small bowl and leave to soak while steaming or simmering the beans until tender for about 4/5 minutes. Cool under a cold tap, drain and set aside on the dish you are serving them on.

2. Heat a frying pan and add the pinenuts and a knob of butter, cook, stirring until the nuts brown, salt well, and tip over your beans.

3. Now fry the chorizo until it begins to brown and give off its orange oil. Drain the oil and tip the chorizo onto the beans. 

4. Add the shallots and parsley and pepper and mix everything together.

5. If you are feeling fancy and want to serve this dish as a starter, it works very well with a poached egg on top.


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  1. richard

    oooh yummy. guess what i’m having for tea

  2. I’ve few vegetables planted too, tomatoes and chiles. I’m hoping for a good summer and a bumper crop!

  3. I loved veggies. And this fresh feed from your post is a new adventure for me. You can also have your own seedlings from your fresh veggies. Just dry those seeds and voila, you can plant as many as you want. This is my way of planting my own veggies. I took those seedlings from very ripe ones.

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