May 18, 2010

Easy Peas-y

This is a brilliant and super-quick way to enjoy fresh green peas, inspired by the wonderful Margaret Fulton. Not only do they make the perfect accompaniment, served alongside any main dish, but the cooked peas also taste fabulous on their own, or with steamed rice or thick slices of buttered toast. If the peas must be shelled some time before cooking, put them in a bowl and cover them closely with washed pea pods.

Serves 4-6:
- 1 kg peas (still in their pods)
- Sea salt
- Sprig of thyme (or mint)
- A little sugar, to taste
- 2 tsp unsalted butter

Shell the peas. Have sufficient boiling, salted water to cover the peas. Add the peas, thyme and sugar. Simmer gently until soft for 6-8 minutes. Drain well. Reheat with butter, season to taste, and serve in a hot vegetable dish.

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