Category Archives: Runner Beans


The big crop of Runner Beans.

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The wind is extremely strong here in the North West of England, so inbetween the heavy rainfalls I dashed out to grab a basket of Runner Beans to freeze for the winter and of course – Christmas dinner!

I hate the strong winds we get towards Autumn and winter, it makes me panic. There is nothing worse than when your bean poles get uprooted and blown over. It’s heart breaking as harvesting them becomes a total nightmare.

So I picked as many as I could and just made it home in time before the rain started again.

I highly recommend St George Runner Beans, they have been the most tasty I have ever grown. My daughter even asks for them for dinner! Maybe the fact that I give my daughter the basket and tell her to pick her own adds to the appeal too.

They have been completely trouble free, have pretty red flowers and clamber as high as they can. Plus unlike Runners I have grown in the past, they don’t seem to be as stringy. I give them 10/10. Get some next season!


Quick tomato dressing

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Back to work today, it’s not too bad as I do love my job. I’m blessed to work with the best people in the world and have a fun time. However, I forgot just how hard the 4am alarm call is.

So I was shattered this afternoon, quick easy dinner tonight I thought.

So Sirloin steak with steamed new potatoes and French and Runner beans in a tomato dressing.

6 large tomatoes cut up in a pan
Salt and pepper
Italian herbs
Teaspoon of sugar
One clove of garlic

Boil it up let it reduce a bit, then add your beans which have been lightly boiled. Ta dar! I would of fried some little onions and added those too, but like I said easy dinner tonight!

It’s so handy having all this on hand to eat! Got to love having an allotment!