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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Times, Thursday, January 3, 2013
12 --- Times Newspapers, Thursday, January 3, 2013 www.times.co.nz Cavalli Interiors @ Patumahoe 1 Woodhouse Road, Patumahoe Phone 09 236 3205 Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Reopening 3/1/13. email@example.com Gorgeous items for the home ...from furniture and lighting to dinnerware, linen, glassware, gifts and antiques 121583-V2 64a TI RAKAU DRIVE, PAKURANGA. Phone 576 5225 FROM $59.95 • Air Filter Service • New Oil • New Spark Plug • Blade Sharpen & Balance • Tune & Clean SUMMER Lawnmower Service WALK BEHIND LAWNMOWERS FROM $599* *Refers to model LC18 TAMING THE WILDTM Exclusively designed for our market, the NEW Husqvarna Walk Behind Mowers can easily maintain a wide range of lawn types, even in the most extreme conditions. 120057 www.lawnheat.co.nz Was Jack really a giant killer or just a neighbour from hell suffering from short man’s syndrome? Wher- ever sympathies lie, one thing’s for certain, it’s a case of ‘stalking’ one up for the little guy! speaking of ‘little-guy-makes- good’ stories, we take a look at a plant that’s made many a gar- dener proud to be a... has-bean! Dwarf beans (Phaseolus vul- garis) are quick and easy to grow, while being a healthy, versatile ingredient, chock full of good- ness. When, where and how to plant Depending on the region, seeds can be sown from October right through to January. sow at a depth roughly three times the diameter of the seed, in rows 30cm apart. alternatively, simply scatter seeds, cover with compost or potting mix and frm in.Dwarf beans perform best when soil temperatures are warm – ranging from 15-30 degrees Celsius. Moisten soil when sowing, then refrain from watering again until seedlings appear. Care Water regularly, particularly during dryer weather. as beans develop, they should be picked to ensure new fowers will follow. New crops should be planted when fowering begins. This will ensure an ongoing har- vest. While they can beneft from a few small stakes, unlike other varieties, dwarf beans require little in the way of support. slugs and snails LOVE newly sprouted beans, so it pays to employ a few tricks such a Blitzem or other snail and slug bait, to keep them at bay. Harvest & uses Over a period of 1.5-2.5 months, dwarf beans will reach maturity and be ready for the table from February through until March. Dwarfs, as with other varieties of beans, are rich in nutrients and offer one of nature’s best sources of B vitamins, which promote energy, healthy skin and even strengthen the immune system. They are also high in magnesium, manga- nese, potassium and zinc, as well as being a superb source of fbre. Commonly used in sal- ads once they’ve been blanched and cooled, dwarf beans can also be frozen for future consumption. From stir fries and curries to chilli, and even that old favour- ite, baked beans on toast, dwarf beans may be small in name, but they certainly are giants among men when it comes to favour! so, armed with a few basic tips, there’s no longer any excuse for being a slack Jack in the gar- den; it’s high time we all... got our beans! The ‘Flava’ of the garden has become the talk of the town across the way at Manukau Supa Centa. A Pukekohe local, Eddie Hofman recently won the Flava of Manukau competition for his tantalising recipe featuring fresh from the garden ingredients – Italian dwarf beans and new potatoes – accompanying mouth-watering chicken parcels with mustard/ wine dressing, “This is a special dish,” Eddie said on presentation of his prize just prior to Christmas. “I only cook it twice a year, on special occasions, and it’s overwhelming that it piqued the interest of an award-winning chef!” Judges – including Jet Park Airport Hotel executive chef, Nancye Pirini – concluded his creation was the recipe that best represented the Manukau community. “Eddie’s entry was the one dish that made my mouth really water when I read the description,” Nancye said. “I think this is a recipe that many people would like to eat themselves. After judging his dish, I’m looking forward to cooking for him and giving him the opportunity to judge my food too!” And what great rewards for Eddie’s efforts! Thanks to Nancye and competition organisers, Manukau Supa Centa and Jet Park Hotel, he will enjoy a dinner, breakfast and a night’s accommodation for two at Jet Park Hotel. In addition to treating his wife to the romantic meal and overnight stay, ever the gourmand, Eddie says he will use the remainder of his prize – a $500 gift card – to purchase apples; Apple’s software, that is! And now we're s-talking! A giant amongst chefs gets his beans IMPRESSED: Judge Nancye Pirini with recipe winner Eddie Hofman.
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