Music for your Mouth: The Cranberries


My ex-housemate loves the Cranberries, and Enya makes her cry when she drinks gin. FACT.

This is a simple and delicious festive side dish. Save it to impress next Christmas!


Green Bean Cranberry Salad

400g green beans
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp lemon zest
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper

Top and tail your beans. Prepare a large bowl of iced water.

Soak cranberries in hot water.

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add green beans and cook for 2-3 mins until they turn bright green and slightly tender.

Drain and transfer to iced water for 30 seconds – 1 minute. Drain.

Whisk together lemon zest, garlic, oil and salt and pepper in small bowl.

Combine beans, nuts, cranberries and dressing. Serve.




    1. Me too – such a great combination! Ooh good on you, I should really start preparing too – I can’t believe how close it is again! The good thing about this recipe is the simplicity – it takes about 10 minutes to throw together – great for the last minute rush on Christmas morning.

  1. Haha Your roommate and I should be friends! I’m quite certain we would get along. This salad looks delicious. I’m the only one in my family that loves green bean casserole so I’m always looking for green bean alternatives for holidays. This looks perfect πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Hannah! Yes my old housie is a good egg, I’m sure you’d like her! Definitely nothing wrong with getting emotional over some Enya hehe. I love green beans, especially at Christmas – the colour is just so lovely and vibrant!

  2. Hey Caeli, I couldn’t find your email, so hope you don’t mind me commenting here. Your cooking always surprises me… despite being a veggie lover, beans and I have never ‘bean’ friends (ha ha, see what I did there?)… Anyway your bean salad has ended a thirty year war between the two of us – it’s amazing. I was wondering if you’d let me feature the recipe in my Christmas issue of Lift magazine as something solo mums can easily prepare beforehand and take along to Christmas parties? I’d give you a link back to you blog on the page. Thanks, Naomi (365 Days)

    1. Hey Naomi! No worries, I’m not even sure if I have linked an email, I have been really slack with the setup of my blog, haha. What a fantastic compliment, I’m so glad you enjoyed it and have been able to make allies with the good old beans (and glad you got to sneak a pun in there…are you sure you’re not a dad with jokes like that?). You are absolutely welcome to share the recipe – that’s what they’re there for πŸ™‚ I know I’m going to be doing this one again at Christmas as I am away until the 24th and this is such a great ten minute throw together dish that seems to fool people into thinking it’s fancy. Haha! Hope it goes down well πŸ™‚

      1. Ha ha, I think I might be a dad – I’m going to try my hardest to be embarrassing for Little Man as he gets older. Thanks! I’ll let you know when the mag comes out in a few weeks. Are you off on a holiday?

        1. A mini holiday of sorts just before Christmas. Most of my family live in Perth, and one side of the family are all coming over to spend Christmas in Melbourne for the first time. So we’re going on a little getaway to the Mornington Peninsula for some serious food eating, wine drinking and hot spring sitting πŸ˜‰

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