Let(t)us Eat Beans


Abstract: Cooked lettuce is a standard veggie side dish in France. This is my leguminous modification of the basic recipes.


Serves: 4 people and 1 vegan cat


Lead time: 20 minutes (55 minutes while doing a Level 3 Sudoku)


Tools: Chopping board, chopping knife, 4 or 6 quart sauce pan, large slotted spoon


Bill of Materials:

Chicken broth 1 Picnic can (~10.5-12 oz)

Iceberg lettuce 1 large head very fresh

French cut green beans 1 300 or 303 can (~14-17 oz)

Martini onions 15-20

Pinot Grigio 2 ounces

Tarragon 1 tablespoon

Parsley flakes 4 6 pinches


Assembly Instructions:

Put chicken broth into sauce pan on medium heat. Carefully remove outer layers of lettuce head. Press them flat on chopping board. You remove about the outer third of the head. (Remember the volume of a sphere varies as the cube of the radius.) Stack the layers up and cut them lengthwise in inch strips. Rotate the cutting board (or the strips) 90 degrees and cut the strips in inch sections. Rinse them thoroughly in cold running water, drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Plunge them into the simmering chicken broth. Drain the green beans. After the broth returns to almost boiling, add the green beans and martini onions. Let simmer for 3 5 minutes. Add wine and tarragon and stir well with large slotted spoon. Pour into serving dish and sprinkle with parsley flakes (may substitute parsley with thyme sorry rosemary and sage wont work). Feed rest of the lettuce to your turtle. Im not going to tell you what to do with the rest of the Pinot Grigio.