Now this is a surprise! I’m never usually convinced about sweet flavours with savoury – sultanas distracting me from my curry or Wensleydale ruined by putting blueberries in it. But it turns out that sauteing green beans in olive oil and then tossing in some garlic and a teaspoon of honey is a delicious and classy way to produce something Oriental-tasting with minimum effort.
Heat a tablespoonful of olive oil in a pan until it starts to smoke. Take a fistful of green beans (washed, topped and tailed), and saute them in the oil, moving the pan the whole time. You can watch the beans turn a gorgeous bright green, the startling colour of a lawn before a thunderstorm. Then throw in a couple of cloves of garlic, finely chopped, and a teaspoon of a strong honey (I used Nigerian honey). Continue to saute for a minute or so more and then you have a delicious vegetable dish.
For more honey recipes, honey tasting notes, and stories behind extraordinary honeys, see my recently published Little Book of Honey.