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Gael Boglione says heaps of roasted Romano peppers with white beans, tomatoes and taggiasche olives always go down a treat at Petersham Nurseries

Gael Boglione

Sweet tomatoes, roasted peppers and small, plump taggiasche olives ensure a good mix of flavours in this colourful, vibrant dish that’s perfect for a summer lunch in the garden. In true Petersham Nurseries style, we decorate it with edible borage flowers, which have been picked from our kitchen garden. It gives a lovely pop of colour and adds a cooling flavour of cucumber. We use borage a lot, shredding the leaves into our minestrone or frying it with sage leaves and zucchini flowers for our signature garden fritti dish. Borage is incredibly easy to grow and feeds itself, so once you’ve planted you’ll have it for years, plus they’re are a magnet for wildlife!

Ingredients (serves 6)

600g fresh cannellini beans, or other white beans, podded
100g cherry tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs of thyme
Salt and black pepper
6 medium Romano peppers
350g mixed tomatoes, halved
5 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
Heaped ½ tbsp dried chilli flakes
50ml olive oil, plus extra for the beans
30 taggiasche olives
Handful of fresh oregano leaves
Edible flowers, such as borage

Roasted Romano peppers with white beans, tomatoes and taggiasche olives

1. Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the beans, tomatoes, garlic, bay leaves and thyme in a baking tray or dish and add cold water until the beans are just covered, along with a splash of olive oil.

2. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the beans are tender. Once the beans are cooked, season with salt and pepper.

3. Meanwhile, place the whole peppers, halved tomatoes, thyme, chilli flakes and olive oil in a tray, add a pinch of salt and place under a hot grill for 10-15 minutes, turning once, and then rest for a further 10 minutes.

4. Add the olives to the beans. Spoon into a dish and lay the peppers and tomatoes on top, finishing with a sprinkle of oregano and edible flowers.

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