One of the pleasures of being in Hokkaido is the food. While seafood and ramen are high on the culinary list of most visitors, I'm more about the fresh fruit and vegetables. Muskmelon are in season at the moment, and watermelon are lurking nearby, too, although my daily rounds of nearby vegetable stands have yet to yield either of those. (I need to get out there a little bit earlier, I think, but my excuse is that I am on vacation.)
What I am finding heaps of are tomatoes, pima (sweet green peppers), cucumbers, zucchini of all types, greens, and green beans. Green beans finished up a few weeks ago at our farm, and so it's a pleasure to be able to plop a bag or two in my bike basket once again. Yet, staying at someone else's house means my usual set of ingredients are not on hand, and so a little improvisation was required. Here are the results.
Green Beans ala Square One
1 bunch of green beans (about 200-300 grams)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
Wash and trim the ends off the beans while bringing a pan of water to boil. Plop in the beans once a good rolling boil occurs, and cook them for about four minutes. Drain (save that water for the beginnings of a tasty soup base!), plop in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and eat. Can also be chilled, if you can wait that long.