As a general rule, I try to limit buying food in jars mostly because they’re generally packed with sugar, salt and other preservatives, but also because there’s often an easy and much tastier ‘do-it-yourself’ version. If there’s one thing I always seem to have in my freezer, it’s a pack of peas. And my herb garden is rarely awesome, but I always seem to have mint. I was chatting with my friend, Jo, last week and she confessed to not loving cooking, so much so that the night before for dinner she had ‘a bowl of peas’.
I think there was also some talk of tomato sauce… It reminded me of this recipe, which is great in any situation which calls for minty peas like lamb, but I love this the best with a simple piece of crispy skin barramundi. I also make a much bigger bowl than I need as I love just eating them straight from the bowl over the next couple of days. No tomato sauce or any other preservative-intense condiments required.
- 1 packet frozen peas
- a small bunch of fresh mint – ripped up
- salt & pepper
- really good-quality extra virgin olive oil (you’re gonna be able to taste the oil so it has to be a good one)
- a couple of generous lugs of red wine vinegar
- Put the kettle on to boil.
- Pour the frozen peas straight into an empty saucepan.
- Put the mint on top of the peas, then pour boiling water over to cover the peas and mint.
- Put the pan on a high heat with a lid on. Bring to the boil then turn off the heat and drain immediately. (This will ensure the peas are ‘just’ cooked, which is how I like them. If you like your peas a bit more ‘mushy’ just boil them from a few minutes.)
- Put the peas into the dish you’re going to serve them in & season to your liking.
- Cover the peas and mint with the olive oil and add a couple of good lugs of red wine vinegar and stir.
- Leave the dish aside for half an hour or so and serve at room temperature.
Any left overs will keep well in the fridge for a few days (because of the oil & vinegar). Eat the rest straight out of the bowl with a spoon – bet your can’t without the minty green vinegary oil dribbling down your chin 🙂