You may recall me mentioning in yesterday’s post that I planted a tray of snake beans into the garden (see photo of my seedlings). I managed to plant the rest of my punnets today. Snake beans need a very hot long summer in order to grow and crop, so I wouldn’t bother if your climate is only marginal. I can get away with growing them in Auckland but even then, I wouldn’t say they exactly crop prolifically. They tend to crop quite late in the season too – expect to be harvesting snake beans in March and April. It’s still not too late to get snake beans going if you haven’t already. I already had seeds left over from last year when I ran my little plant nursery. Manukau is a very cosmopolitan area and snake beans were one of my best sellers. I had to purchase a big bulk bag from Kings Seeds to keep up with customer demands!
The advice contained in my earlier post on growing beans applies, but here are a few more tips:
We enjoy making thai fish cakes with our snake beans. Here is the recipe we like using.
1. Cook the fish first
2. Place the fish in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Add the coriander, cornflour, fish sauce, sweet chilli sauce and egg, and process until well combined
3. Transfer the fish mixture to a large bowl. Add the shallot and beans and stir until well combined. Divide the fish mixture into equal portions and shape into patties. Spray with some oil. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes
4. Serve with lime wedges and extra sweet chilli sauce. Enjoy!