I still have runner beans in the freezer from last year, and we have another good crop this summer. So we have something of a ‘glut’, but there are various ways of preparing them and they are one of my favourite vegetables.

We love this recipe, and it makes a good lunch/supper dish served with fresh wholemeal bread, or as a side dish with Cottage Pie or similar.

Top, tail and slice the runner beans. Layer the beans with sliced courgettes (optional) and sliced tomatoes. Top with grated cheddar cheese and seasoning and wrap in a foil parcel. Place parcel on a baking tray and bake at gas 6/7 for 30-40mins. Serve immediately. Do take care when opening the parcel as the escaping steam will scald.