Spicy (or curried) courgettes with green beans and cherry tomatoes
100g French beans
8 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
1 tsp ground cumin or cumin seeds
a pinch of cayenne pepper
1tbsp tomato puree
fresh herbs – basil, thyme, or marjoram
seasoning to taste
Top and tail the beans and cut them into 2cm lengths. Boil them in salted water for 5 minutes and drain. Cut the tomatoes in half, chop the garlic finely and slice the courgette. Heat the oil and butter in a pan and add the tomatoes, garlic, courgette, cumin and pepper. Toss for a few minutes and the courgette is cooked through and add the beans and the tomato puree. Cook for a few moments until warmed through. Check seasoning and add hebs.
This makes a good curry side dish by adding curry powder or turmeric and garam masala and substituting fresh coriander for the herbs.