Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Princess and the Peas

With this fickle weather, I don't know how the crops know it's time to grow. Rainy and gloomy outside, yet the pear trees are bristling with baby pears. Dandelions popping up right on cue. But what's the cue? It's rainy and gloomy outside.
And peas. Indomitable peas. We have a couple of good, local pea people. The peas are in the market NOW, so we got some. What's not to yadda, yadda, yadda.
I usually wait until later in the season to pulverize peas. When they're new, it's irresistible to eat them globular, the way god intended. But I was ready for a delicate green soup.
Look, you can cook these any way you want. I used chicken stock, no MINT, flavorings of fenugreek (you have to try this) and cumin. Some fine dice of spring onion. E basta. Oh, wait. A glug of cream. Now, e basta.
My twist this time was not to whirl the soup in an Osterizer. I just sort of crippled the peas with an immersion blender, for an innocent, rustic texture.
This would be an insanely good popsicle, if you didn't have a sweet tooth.
It was pretty good hot and molten, too.

12 comments:

cookiecrumb said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, BP. *******

Zoomie said...

Not loving split pea soup but FRESH pea soup sounds marvy! I may have heard of this before but it seems new. When the student is ready, the teacher appears.

EB of SpiceDish said...

A popsicle!? Delicious idea.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Good soup. I hope you'll try.

EB: I can hardly tell you how much I appreciate your remark.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

You know that princess & the pea story? It's ME! :)
We had the most amazing pea soup in a tiny shot glass recently, though I think it was a 'pea foam' - we were revolting about getting the last skerrik!

Zoomie said...

Ms. Mouse - skerrick! I'm stealing that word, for sure.

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: I have two TWO memory foam pads on top of my mattress. Almost enough. (Any more and the dog couldn't jump up.)

Zoomie: I had to go look it up. Did you? Our new word.

Greg said...

Oh! I like the Popsicle idea.

cookiecrumb said...

Greg: Now I'm doing that for sure. Cranky just came home from the market with a sack of peas.

Chilebrown said...

Are you ready?

Visualize Whirled Peas!

I am growing some English shelling peas for the seed bank in Zoomies bullet torn Richmond. I have to have have will power to let them go to seed because I love peas.

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: So you're saying we can grow peas?

namastenancy said...

Power to the peas!