I have never shelled peas.
I remember my Aunt Olive sitting on the back porch with a big bowl of pea pods to open and a paper bag for the empty shells. I couldn't figure why somebody would go to all the trouble when you could pick up a package
of frozen peas at the store.
My mom was a 1950's housewife and loved all the modern conveniences. She picked up her peas at the store
- it gave her more time to iron my father's underwear.
So on the way home from doing canine massage at the golden retriever rescue I saw a sign for fresh-picked strawberries. During strawberry season I eat enough strawberries to turn into one. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry jam making, and mountains of fresh strawberries.
While stocking up, I noticed fresh peas (in their pods)
and bought a bag to experiment with.
I took them outside to take the shells off. It took a bit of figuring out - the peas inside were light green. The sun was warm, with a slight breeze,
the dogs were lying beside me - not like work at all . . .
I pictured the farm wives of yesterday sitting on the porch after
a hard day of work - shelling the peas they had picked that morning.
Sunny helped, but she wasn't interested in trying one.
A lot of pods yielded enough peas for supper. One supper!
Now, how to cook my precious peas!!??
I could boil them or steam them, but I decided that these peas
deserved a quick saute.
Olive oil, a touch of butter and some fresh minced onions.
I added the peas and they turned bright green!
A sprinkle of sea salt and they were done!
They were wonderful!
I'm getting more tomorrow!
And strawberries for dessert.
So, this week, try shelling some peas!