Green beans are one of the best side vegetable dishes you can make. They go with almost everything, from lamb racks, roast beef or chicken, even with fish. This method is the French way, which keeps the beans nice and green. You can pre-cook them in advance, even the day before and finish them off just before serving.

The beans are cooked with sliced shallots, this enhances the flavour without overpowering the actual meal. There’s no garlic, chili, nuts etc. It is a side dish after all, not a meal, therefore simplicity is best.

If you’re in a hurry, skip the cooling down part and add directly to pan once cooked. They won’t be as green but still as delicious.

You could also add a little lemon squeeze if you like. Enjoy green beans French style.