Italian-style green beans and lace-chewing mini goats


Castaño, our most misbehaved horse, still attends the School for Exceedingly Naughty Horses a couple of times a week and Léo has taken to accompanying us. I’m not sure whether he comes because he’s looking for general naughtiness tips, or whether he’s fallen for the stable’s miniature goat. I suspect it’s the latter; my family and I have an immoderate fascination for mischievous animals and this little she-goat fits the bill very nicely. They spend an hour climbing trees, inspecting muddy ditches, making the horses spook and charging each other with imaginary horns. She invariably takes pleasure in undoing Léo’s shoe laces with her teeth and chewing them to bits. Is ‘chewing the lace’ a goat variation on ‘chewing the cud’ I wasn’t aware of? Anyway, as I appear to lack the foresight to buy several replacement pairs at once, I’ve spent much of the past month on a quest for flourescent green laces. Never let it be said that I don’t live life on the edge.

This dish makes a wonderful accompaniment to fish or meat, or it may be served as a light lunch or supper with a poached egg on top.

Ingredients (serves 6)

1kg green beans

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 red pepper, sliced

1 tomato, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

handful of pine nuts

12 black olives

6 anchovies

Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika, piment d’Espelette or chilli powder

10g Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Precook the beans until ‘al dente’, strain and set aside. Gently heat the olive oil in a large frying pan adding the onions and cooking for a few minutes. Add the sliced red pepper, tomato and garlic and continue to cook until the red pepper and tomato soften. Add the green beans, pine nuts, olives, anchovies and seasoning, gently combining and cook for a few more minutes.

23 responses to “Italian-style green beans and lace-chewing mini goats

  1. I love the colours and combination of delicious things here! To be fair – you had me at anchovies… xx

  2. I look forward to each of your posts, especially when you talk about the animal antics on your farm. I have never met your animals but I love them, I have an affinity for naughty animals. The horses and now that little goat sound wonderfully entertaining.
    The green beans are fantastic very similar to the green beans my Mom made when I was a child,

  3. Hi, I saw your comment in The missing Lokness blog and I though I will invite you. I am hosting a Cunning Ladies’ Friday party and I would love to see this post in the party. Please join us.

  4. Your beans look wonderful – and the goats sound very cute, especially when I’m not the one dealing with their naughtiness.

  5. I make something very similar, but never thought about serving it with an egg! Brilliant!

  6. I love hearing about your animals. They sound like an endless source of entertainment!

  7. Yes, you do live life on the edge. Perhaps it is the color green the goat likes. The beans look yummy but I do have basket envy. I love your French basket that house onion/garlic.

  8. Haha… your funny little goats!
    I am always looking for new ideas to cook green beans. This looks like a very easy and healthy side dish. I will be making this soon! Thank you!

  9. My kind of meal. If only my family would eat anchovies. Everything is improved with an egg on top 🙂

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