shooting-beans03It’s shooting time!
In January there’s a lack of fresh vegetables and money is tight for a lot of people.
But we need extra vitamins.
So why not sprout seeds on your window-sill?
They’re very cheap, they’re delicious, they grow fast (within a week easily!) they don’t take up much room and they’re very good for you. What more could you want ?
Mustard and cress is the traditional British favourite.
Sow the mustard three days after the cress as it grows quicker than the cress.
shooting-beans01But you can sprout literally any seeds or pulses.
At the moment I have snow peas, wheatgrass, radish, cress, beet, chickpea, peas, mustard, fenugreek, red cabbage, and onion.
They all smell and taste different. I like to mix them because they’re colourful as they grow. And it’s fun to watch them growing.
Larger beans can be soaked in water overnight to start them shooting.
I have a 3-tier beanshooter that my daughter bought for me in our local health store. But you can grow beansprouts on practically anything, including kitchen towel, or in a jar.
shooting-beans02Place two layers of kitchen towel in a bowl. Run it under the tap. Now sprinkle the seeds onto it.
Don’t leave it in direct sunlight or anywhere too cold.
The next day, rinse the seeds, still on the kitchen towel. Drain. Repeat every day until they’re ready to eat.
You can eat the whole lot, roots, seeds and all.
In a beansprouter, sprinkle the seeds thinly. Rinse well twice a day or they can get a bit smelly. Eat when ready, after 3-4 days.
Sprouts can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
If you grow them in a jar, sprinkle thinly, and add enough water to wet them. Place the lid on the jar and shake it. Add a little water every day and shake the jar with the lid on.
shooting-beans05The seeds miraculously shoot and grow without the aid of soil, paper, or anything.
And finally, boil a couple of eggs. Rinse under cold water. When cool enough to handle, dry them. Carefully slice the top off and eat the egg, taking care not to break the shell. Rinse them out. Dry. Now draw a face on the front.
Place some cotton-wool or doubled kitchen towel at the bottom of the shell and wet it.
Remember that it will swell.
Now sprinkle some seeds on top. Wet slightly every day until the eggshell has grown ‘hair!’
You can also take out some of the egg and ‘plant’ some sprouted beans on the top.
Egg and cress taste delicious together. Serve with buttered bread.
The beanshoots are crunchy, fresh-tasting and go in a lot of meals.
Egg and cress sandwiches are traditional and tasty.
Ham and beanshoot sandwiches, cheese and beanshoot  sandwiches, or in a salad or stirfry all make a tasty, nutritious addition to your Winter diet – and they cost pence!

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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.