Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Peas

If I never see another pea it will be too soon!   As usual, all our crop of peas is ready at once.   As peas are the farmer's favourite vegetable then he always grows rows and rows of them.   They are not my favourite vegetable - by a long way.

So yesterday he spent much of the day sitting in the Utility Room with buckets of pods and gradually shelling them ready to freeze.   I have not got that kind of patience, and frankly, the difference between a frozen home-grown pea and a Bird's Eye frozen pea is negligible.

Now I am freezing them.  I admit they freeze very well - I open freeze them and bag them up afterwards.   The second freezer has been switched on (we only use it for our own produce) and once all the peas are in and the ongoing crop of raspberries (which I adore and which freeze very well) added there will barely be room for the broad beans, which should be ready in about a fortnight.

So my culinary skills will be stretched to the limit finding ways with peas (other than peas with every meal and pea omelette) - as for the raspberries - trifle or raspberry crumble anyone?   P, if you are reading this over in the Lakes, I promise a crumble next time you are over here.

Poetry meeting today - only a few of us - so must read through my
chosen poems a few times to make sure I am word perfect - nothing worse than a stumble - spoils the rhythm.

16 comments:

Trubes said...

I, like The Farmer love freshly podded peas, and use frozen one when they're out of season I always add peas with almost every roast dinner because they do add colour to the plate along with other fresh vegetables.
I've just had a good read through your blog site and most interesting it is indeed.
I've seen The Angel of the North and most impressive it is too, not as close up as you though!
The Gormley men on the seashore in Crosby are quite a sight to behold in many ways.
I'm not much fussed about his work but he certainly is highly acclaimed and particularly on Merseyside.
I love The Yorkshire Dales and we have had many lovely holidays there, Recently we stayed in North Cumbria near Alston, loved the remote fells, it was in February so we had plenty of snow, being a 'Townie', I loved it.

Best wishes Di.

Linda Metcalf said...

Creamed peas and new potatoes and Raspberry Jam ....my favorites!

Cro Magnon said...

The every-day tins of French peas are just so good that I never bother with fresh.

Virginia said...

Funny you should be looking for interesting ways with peas; we had them at a restaurant recently with lemon rind and a thin sauce of butter, lemon juice and (probably) cornfour for thickening, and they were quite zingy. Does that tempt you?

Heather said...

I share the farmer's liking for peas and could almost eat them with everything. It's fortunate that they freeze so well, but as you say the shop bought frozen ones are excellent. As for raspberries - they need no recipes - just raspberries will do nicely! Though I wouldn't say no to a bit of cream and meringue, or the odd trifle sponge or two, and homemade raspberry jam is my favourite. Mouth watering stuff. Enjoy your poetry reading.

angryparsnip said...

I am not sure if Farmer like Indian food but many of their recipes use peas. Usually with potatoes.

cheers, parsnip

Joanne Noragon said...

I don't mind shelling peas or stripping currents or elderberries, for it's an excellent time to mentally resolve the problems of the world, and some of my own. That, and I think fresh peas one of the finest vegetables to come from a garden.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

All my gluten-free baking mixes contain pea-flour. Final product does not taste like peas at all. Not green in the slightest, either.

Arija said...

You rile against your peas and I would thank God fasting if I could get them to set. Our soil is much too saline for peas and green beans. At least I can grow broad beans. My lovely raspberry patch succumbed to the intense salinity in the last dam water in a drought year, as die my straw- and other berries.
Wish I could join you for a raspberry anything and peas.

acornmoon said...

If I lived nearer I would happily volunteer to help you shell those peas. x

Terry and Linda said...

I love fresh peas. We call them English Peas here and use them in lots of dishes!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

thousandflower said...

I am always amused by the fact that almost every restaurant meal Ive ever had in the UK features...peas. I'm okay with that but we only grow the snap peas these days as you can eat the whole thing. Of course, on this last trip last fall we also got arugula (rocket) with most meals. "Trendy" our waitress said. Actually as long as I can get hard cider, marmalade, Ribena and English bacon when I'm there
you can serve it with peas.

thousandflower said...

I am always amused by the fact that almost every restaurant meal Ive ever had in the UK features...peas. I'm okay with that but we only grow the snap peas these days as you can eat the whole thing. Of course, on this last trip last fall we also got arugula (rocket) with most meals. "Trendy" our waitress said. Actually as long as I can get hard cider, marmalade, Ribena and English bacon when I'm there
you can serve it with peas.

thousandflower said...

I am always amused by the fact that almost every restaurant meal Ive ever had in the UK features...peas. I'm okay with that but we only grow the snap peas these days as you can eat the whole thing. Of course, on this last trip last fall we also got arugula (rocket) with most meals. "Trendy" our waitress said. Actually as long as I can get hard cider, marmalade, Ribena and English bacon when I'm there
you can serve it with peas.

Amy said...

I really like peas actually, I could add them to just about anything savoury...

The Weaver of Grass said...

Seems I am in the minority here - shall have to try adding them to everything! Thanks for joining the debate.