With spring in full bloom, yesterday was opening day for the farmers market here in Boston.
It’s pea season! And I’m here to show you how to cook fresh peas!
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.
Have you ever eaten a cherry tomato freshly picked off the vine and warmed by the summer sun? There is something so gratifying about tending to a garden and tasting the first ripened fruit of the summer harvest.
You don’t have to have a green thumb to do it either! Growing your own vegetables is incredibly simple and economical. I was lucky enough to get some planting done this past Friday before the rain came over the weekend. Having fresh ingredients right outside my door all summer long is worth a little bit of yard work!