Saturday, August 29, 2009

Petit Quoi?

I feel I ought to be ashamed of having fresh peas to buy at the farmers market, this late in the summer.
In truth, I haven't bought peas for over a month; it just doesn't seem right. Even though we have some great farmers who manage to bring us fresh peas something like seven or eight months out of the year.
So this photo is a little out of date, but good enough to share.
Fresh English peas, cooked in a little (strained) vegetable broth made from their pods, some cilantro stems, and whatever junky allium you have on hand to jazz it up. Salt, pepper. A — just shoot me now — couple of leaves of mint. (Because mint goes with peas, all the old cookbooks say, even though I have NEVER eaten peas with mint, just out of contrariness.)
This nice mess goes into the blender with some snowy, thick yogurt (but take the mint leaves out). Whirl, taste, adjust. You are going to serve it cool or at room temperature, so don't be afraid to jack up the flavors.
I admit I was overeager to photograph my concoction. If only I had waited until the foaminess subsided, you'd have seen what a striking pastel green this soup was.
I couldn't even wait for the foaminess to subside before I ate the soup.

12 comments:

Chilebrown said...

You ever go to a hoity toity place and get foam? What the hell is that? Your foam looks the bomb.

Zoomie said...

I'm pale green with envy.

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: Sir, I have never, knowingly, paid for foam.

Zoomie: You are adorable!

Pirate Storyteller said...

I just want to say, I have followed your Blog for about 3 years and absolutely loovvee it! I have never written though. I love your mix of blustering and wit, you make me laugh every time I check in. Thanks!

Do you have any pictures of the non-foam green? please?

Melanie said...

All I can say is YUM. You always make the simplest of ingredients look like heaven.

Greg said...

Cold definitely. On a hot day like last Friday. Mmmm.

Sweet Bird said...

I love fresh peas, I love mint - I've still never tried them together.

I'm a rebel like that.

cookiecrumb said...

Pirate Storyteller: Aargh! Welcome, matey! Thanks for delurking; good to have you.
No photo of the un-foamy soup... I ate it too soon. I can tell you it had charming little bits of green pea chunks floating around, which might have been more glamorous if I'd blended them into complete smoothness. Aargh.

Melanie: Thanks. I've had an internal debate lately about making food too simple. If it's good ingredients, I tend not to go all nutso, so I'm grateful for the feedback.

Greg: Yep, cold. Could you believe that weather?!!!

Birdie: I'll vouch for the mint in this case. You might try it. Don't go overboard.

dancingmorganmouse said...

Wonderful pea green soup you have there - woothoooo!
I once accidently bought 'minted' frozen peas, they smelled like lollies - ugg.

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: W00t!! I sense a decidedly Northern Hemispherish tone to your comment...
Go spend money!

peter said...

You say that like foaminess is a bad thing. It's next to godliness, you know.

cookiecrumb said...

Peter: Foam is fun, indeed. I've never bought any, just sayin'. Make muh own.