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Yellow Wax Beans and Cauliflower with Cashew Nuts

Yellow Wax Beans and Cauliflower with Cashew Nuts

So jam/preserve season in officially open in our house. We’ve started off with 9 liters of strawberry freezer jam and 5 liters of black currant. That’s just a warm-up before tons of strawberry, raspberry, and plum jam, black currant marmalade and maybe apricot confiture. Fruit preserves are eaten in enormous quantities in our family, while two or three boxes of chocolates we got for Christmas are still collecting dust in the pantry. Fruit preserves are so much healthier than candies, aren’t they? And making them is healthy too: my arms got some extra workout today!

Between hulling and pureeing berries, we sometimes make meals for the family too, although the air is hot and humid outside (our small Cambodia, as I call it), and nobody feels like eating a lot, let alone cooking or (God forbid) baking. As I’m writing this however, it looks like it’s finally going to rain, so if the rain brings us some freshness, I might finally test my new muffin forms tomorrow!

As a compromise with the heat and sultriness, we made these beans and cauliflower today – they may be served lukewarm and they don’t require a lot of cooking. Yellow Wax beans, or Butter beans as they’re called here, turned out to pair extremely well with slightly fried cauliflower. Toasted cashew nuts bring some pleasant crunch to the tender vegetables, and shredded Parmesan adds a sharp, salty note. It takes minutes to boil the beans, and then you just cook them and cauliflower in a pan until they’re as golden-brown as you like.

Yellow Wax Beans and Cauliflower with Cashew Nuts and Parmesan


700g Yellow Wax beans
1 large head cauliflower
3 tbsp cashew nuts
1 cup shredded Parmesan
5-6 tbsp butter
Salt to taste

Serves 4


In a rather large saucepan, bring to a boil about 1.2 liters water. Add salt when the water begins to boil.

Cut the tips off beans, rinse them in water and cook in the boiling water for 8-10 minutes until you can poke them with a fork. Drain off the water when the beans are ready.

In the meantime, wash the cauliflower and divide it into florets. In a skillet, melt 2-3 tablespoons butter and cook cauliflower under lid for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste. When the florets are tender, shallow fry them on a high heat until golden at least on one side.

In a separate skillet, cook the boiled beans with 2-3 tablespoons butter until golden.

Crush cashew nuts and toast them without oil or fat for a couple of minutes.

When all vegetables are ready, combine them and serve with cashew nuts and Parmesan cheese.

Yellow Wax Beans and Cauliflower with Cashew Nuts

Yellow Wax Beans and Cauliflower with Cashew Nuts and Parmesan

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  2. sippitysup says:

    These tastes and textures seem like a perfect combination. GREG

  3. Wow all of those fruit preserves sound so great. I make one jar at a time, only because it’s just the two of us but would love to preserve all these summer fruits like you, how wonderful:) The Yellow bean recipe sounds great too. I just tried these for the first time and loved them. Next bag I will try your recipe, sounds yummy and light for a hot day.

  4. Alina says:

    Greg, thank you!
    Nancy, i would have NEVER had the patience and energy to make as much fruit preserves as my Mom makes. Thank you for your comment! I think I first tried these beans last summer or something!

    • Fabio says:

      Planting cosmos this renimded me of how much I like them I somehow missed putting some in the garden the past few years, but I won’t be so remiss in the future! They really are delightful, and very easy-care, even in our hot weather!

    • Knocked my socks off with knowledge!

    • A few faves besides stdanard steamed vegetables:+ Simple tomato salad halved cherry tomatoes, a bunch of chopped basil, S & P, a dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar (garlic is also optional). Perfect solo or on top of pasta.+ Saute9ed mushrooms and Swiss chard, with garlic, S&P, a sprinkle of lemon juice and a sprinkle of Parmesan right before serving!+ Roasted beets tossed with a little bit of balsamic vinegar and honey with a bit of diced thyme. (Or lemon and honey).

    • Amoula says:

      Aoife: Ah, Nutella! Thank you for the recipe’ for the stuff. You know, I’ve never had it. I’ve been teemtpd to try it lately, I hear it’s good, but just haven’t. Now I can make a smidgen of my own, if I’d like! Granola is another thing I’ll have to try making some time. I don’t like mine near as sweet as the store-bought variety, but I don’t eat that much, either. Good for you for side-stepping the corn syrup issue by making your own! Thanks for commenting!

  5. Hilah says:

    What a great idea! Cashews and cauliflower really do well for each other. Thanks!

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