After a period of dry weather, the heavy rains of the last days boosted the plants in the garden. We harvest this week dwarf peas like Charmette.
So how do we start to make recipes with produce like pea?
First of all you start looking in the Foodpairing explorer what types of peas we have. For the moment we only have a regular fresh pea.
Looking into the Foodpairing tree of fresh pea, we notice following combinations:
- Classical ones such as carrot, potato, cod, chicken
- Less obvious ones such as white chocolate, vanilla, gin, apricot, passion fruit.
For the next vegetarian dish with pea, we have relied on the less obvious ingredients:
Pea – apricot – passion fruit – hazelnut – coffee – peppermint
Why these ingredients?
When tasting fresh, raw peas you will notice the mealy texture. To reduce this texture we made a puree of peas, but this is also too heavy. By adding peppermint you make it lighter. Fresh peas are also sweet, so you can add a sweet component like apricot. To balance this dish we need something acid. An alternative to adding lemon is e.g. passion fruit. Peas work very well with roasted ingredients like coffee, but instead of adding just coffee, we made a crumble with hazelnuts.
Mix the ingredients in a cooking pan. Bring to the boil. Cook for at least 5 minutes. Stop the cooking process when you have reached the desired viscosity.