Thursday, June 25, 2009

Peas, Please!

Today, June 25th, is a significant day in Germany. It's the day I finally have to give up asparagus for the next 10 months. Fine. I'll deal. I have peas.

I've been a fan of fresh peas since I was a child, and since I was a child, I've always looked forward to the onset of fresh peas. Because I either get my peas from the farm or my mom's garden, I hardly ever get the chance to cook the peas. I either eat them in the garden, or in the car on the way home from the farm. A few years ago, for the first time ever, I managed to make a mint-pea soup. This year, I bought 1 kilo of peas in the supermarket, and after eating maybe 300g raw, I decided it was time to make another dish of fresh peas.

I pretty much made a pea-mint soup without the liquid and without pureeing anything. 3 leaves of lettuce, 1 spring onion (chopped), sauteed with butter in a saucepan. Allowing the liquid to come out of the lettuce, I then added the peas, some salt, 4 leaves of fresh mint (sliced) and allowed the peas to steam until they looked done.

Not bad, but I still prefer them fresh from the farm, raw, sneaking them out of the bag on the car ride home. Makes me feel like a kid.


Cathy said...

That was my favourite treat from the garden when I was a kid - I adore fresh peas, espcecially when still warm from the sun.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Fresh peas are great. My mom used to throw some fresh peas into the rice with some salt and cook it and then we'd have fresh pea rice which I loved as a kid. :)

Amanda said...

I also prefer them raw! Very nostalgic.

taste traveller said...

Thanks for the feedback, Ladies! I had no idea that other people were that into peas as well. They're just not that popular around here - at least not when you compare them to asparagus. I've turned the Workaholic into a fan - he sneaks them when I'm not looking :-)

Marta said...

Hi! I'm new to your blog! I love your witty writing and your quick recipes :)
You're lucky to have fresh peas, I'll never find those in Canada, we have very little local, fresh produce. Lamentable, really.

taste traveller said...

Welcome, Marta! :-)

Where are you in Canada? I grew up in Southern Ontario & I still have fond memories of driving out to the farm just outside of town. Of course, I think that farmland has turned into suburban sprawl by now, I'll have to go check the next time I'm there.

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