When the opportunity came up to Jump on Ally’s Magic Carpet Ride I could not resist. I was so excited when I finally received my copy of “Ally’s Kitchen” a passport for adventurous palates. It is an Beautiful Book full of wonderful pictures and recipes. All the recipes are easy to follow and I could sit and flip through the pages over and over again.
As you travel through the cookbook you find yourself on a ride through Sauces and spices and then journey through many exciting flavors from Europe to the Caribbean Islands with many stops full of flavor in between. It truly is a magic carpet ride full of flavors.
When it came time to decide which recipe to try I had a really hard time choosing so I let the Hubby and Boy Wonder pick. They chose the Haricots Verts and boy was I glad they did. They were wonderful and were given 2 thumbs up by both of the boys in my life. :)
I can’t wait to more of Ally’s recipes after Baseball season and life slows done a little. I served these wonderful Haricots Verts with BBQ’d pork chops and pilaf but in all honesty I could have made a meal of just the Haricots Verts. LOL
This Recipe comes from page 31 of the cookbook.
1 lb fresh Haricots Verts
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp (heaping) minced garlic
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp course ground pepper
zest and juice of 1/2 of a large lemon
1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
6 campari tomatoes cut into quarters
First Blanche the Haricots Verts in boiling water for about 5-6 minutes, drain and submerge in a large bowl of ice water. Cool about 10 minutes, then drain again. Put the beans in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a small skillet over med-high heat place olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute’ 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drizzle mixture over the green beans. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme and tomatoes. Gently toss. Refrigerate about an hour before serving.
Now what are you waiting for get out and get yourself one of these wonderful cookbooks and take a carpet ride. You don’t even have to get out of your PJ’s or leave the house.
Ally’s Website: http://allyskitchen.com/
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/allys-kitchen-alice-phollips/1120728889?
I was given a copy of the cook book and all the opinions are my own.