My local farmers market has been packed full of fresh shelling peas. Seeing the peas reminded me of a dish I had at a restaurant in Barcelona. It was a pea purée soup garnished with a few fresh peas. I loved the slightly crunchy texture of the fresh peas. It left the soup bursting with fresh pea flavor.
Although I would love to try to replicate the soup, it was the pea flavor that I was missing most. I opted for a much less labor intensive dish: steamed peas finished with butter, salt, and pepper. Simple and fresh ingredients make the best tasting kind of food. This vegetable dish celebrates the pure flavor of the pea.
The most time consuming part is shelling the peas. I recommend sitting outside with a glass of wine! This makes the monotonous task quite relaxing.