Fresh English Peas

PeasTime for a quick recap: I found fresh english peas at the Farmer’s Market this past Wednesday. I squealed like a little girl when I saw them. I bought some, but not enough. I debated what to use them in – a pea spread on crostini? Carbonara? I decided on the simple choice, recommended by the farmer herself.


Fresh English Peas


  • As many peas as you can shell without going nuts
  • A knob of butter
  • A sprinkling of kosher salt


Step One:  Shell peas from the pods, while drinking wine and watching back episodes of Gossip Girl. Exclaim “Motherchucker!” every time Chuck Bass comes on screen.

Step Two:  Bring a pot of water to boil over high heat. Focus on not burning yourself, if you are a smidge intoxicated. Season the water with salt. Prepare a colander and a bowl of water with ice water.

Step Three:  Once the water has come to a boil, add the peas. Cook for precisely 15 seconds (this is extremely quick cooking – you don’t want mushy peas). Strain peas into colander and dump into ice bath.

Step Four:  Heat a bit of butter in a shallow pan over medium-low heat. Add peas to pan and stir until peas are heated through and butter is melted. Add peas to serving dish, and season with salt to taste.

Step Five:  Moan audibly as you eat the peas, and ignore the protests of others when you eat straight from the serving bowl.


Pssst: I even pulled a Paula Deen and add a smidge more butter in the serving dish.

Double Pssst: If you’re unaware who Paula Deen is, you can get the gist of her schtick with this Serious Eats post, “Paula Deen is Trying to Kill Us.”


Playing in the Kitchenette:  Citizen Cope / Sideways

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6 thoughts on “Fresh English Peas

  1. I like simply prepared English peas just fine, but what I really want to do is to grab a bunch of those radishes from your blog header, swab them in french butter, dab them in coarse salt, and shove them in my mouth.

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