Peas on earth.

There is an adorable picture that has been around for years that has a bunch of peas sitting on top of the world with the caption “Peas on Earth”. In the interest of copyright I haven’t included it, but do a google search, you’ll find it. If you haven’t seen it let me tell you, it’s pretty cute. Cute enough that my sister bought herself a t-shirt with it emblazoned on it (I haven’t included a picture of her either not because she’s copyrighted but because I figured she might hunt me down). Given that Sunday April 22nd is Earth Day I therefore thought it was only fitting to write about peas.  In this case pea soup.

I’ve never been a huge fan of peas.  Cooked peas especially. As a kid I spit them out. As a teenager I figured out I could swallow them whole as long as I had a glass of water. As an adult I’m still not a huge fan, but they certainly have their time and place. Spring is one of those times. A perfect spring pea just out of the pod in the garden is other worldly.

This year I decided it was time to learn to make pea soup. I went to the best sources I know, a relative and The New Basics Cookbook. (As a sidenote, if you don’t have this cookbook I strongly suggest it. I was given my copy in 1995 by my, now, mother-in-law and while it is falling apart it is an absolute no fail “go-to” kind of book.) Finding a couple of recipes there, I compared them with various others and started creating. The reality is, if the peas are fresh there isn’t much need for embellishment or spicing.

This is what I came up with.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh peas (or 2 bags frozen organic)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 1Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. dried tarragon, or 2Tbsp fresh
  • 1Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup milk (or cream if you’re being decadent)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • splash of dry white wine
  • creme fraiche, greek yogurt or sour cream for garnish
  • fresh pea shoots for garnish
* Note: If you are trying to minimize your dairy you could easily eliminate the milk and add some more stock.

Method

Melt the coconut oil in a large stock pot and add the chopped onions.  Cook gently until soft but not crispy.

Add the peas, tarragon and stock.  Cook at a medium temperature until soft.  About 30 minutes.

When peas are soft, let cool a bit and then pour soup into blender. Puree.

Pour blended soup through a sieve (see picture above).  Set aside the pea husks for another use and return the strained liquid to the soup pot.

If using, add the butter, cream/milk and wine at this time. Salt and pepper to taste.

When serving place a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and some fresh pea shoots on top.

Enjoy, and peas on earth.

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