In the end I thought "why not Miss Piggy, why not"! I still had seeds left over from last year and they had to be used. Seeds, just like all other perishable foods have a used by date and I didn't want these to go to waste. I popped them into a pot and within about a month, voila - I had beans!
Once again I had to harvest my entire crop before most of the beans were at their full fighting weight. The caterpillars had found their way to my crop and had started munching away.
Firstly, let me apologize to any of my Malaysian readers out there as I'm sure what I'm about to do to your Beef Rendang is totally NOT kosher in Malaysian cooking.
Also, I'm sure that many people frown at packet mixes but let's be honest. I am NEVER going to make a curry paste from scratch, EVER, so this is just how I roll. I started buying this rendang mix when I lived in Broken Hill (where there is basically NO exotic food available let alone an Asian supermarket). On my Sydney trips I'd stock up on this stuff - buying boxes at a time. Surprisingly there doesn't seem to be any nasty or weirdly processed ingredients in this packet mix. It's basically health food, right?
I really do love this Beef Rendang Mix. It's so simple to make and I feel like a bit of a mad scientist as I mix Part A and add Part B and chuck in a bit of Part C at the end! There is also a chicken mix available but it's nowhere near as good as ye olde beef. Trust me, go the beef. Apart from Rendang out of a box I suppose the other very unorthodox thing about this meal is my use of green beans. I like adding a bit of greenery to an otherwise all meat dinner -- it makes it feel a bit healthier to me.
Et Voila! Rendang from a box with roti from the freezer and beans from the balcony. Sorry Malaysia, but it was darn tasty!
You can view more Harvest Monday posts on Daphne's Dandelions blog.