Yesterday at the farm after a long morning of harvesting some of my favorites (lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and basil) our boss sent a few of the crew members out to harvest string beans. Picking beans has become my new favorite crop to harvest because not only do I love beans, but it involves sitting on a bucket! (Or so I thought). After hours of being in a back-breaking hunched over position, sitting on a bucket is a dream. One of the crew members and I got nice and situated on our buckets and began picking. Things were going smoothly until our boss drove by, told us we were not filling our buckets fast enough and to ditch the sitting position and resume the bent over killer position. 3 hours later and about 6 buckets filled it was time to call it a day. I was feeling a little bitter towards the beans since my back and hamstrings were killing me. But I would not let them defeat me. Dinner time was not far off and I decided to treat Taylor and myself to something involving these backbreaking beans. And you better believe it was going to be damn good or else I may never be able to look at string beans with the same pleasure again.
Last nights menu:
Penne Pasta with string beans, tomatoes, basil, and garlic (all farm fresh of course!)
I started by washing and trimming the string beans, then brought a large pot of water to a boil. I added the string beans and after about 5 minutes removed them from the water. I added the penne to the same water and cooked for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, I chopped up the tomatoes, basil, and garlic and stirred it all together with olive oil, salt and pepper and a little parmesan cheese.