Peas with Pimientos and Leeks, the update

Peas are a neglected vegetable…. IMHO.

Food bloggers and TV chefs wax poetically about the benefits and joys of kale and cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, but rarely peas.

Maybe because peas are rarely available fresh, and when they are, they’re a bit, well, tedious to prep.

But, the good thing about peas is they are readily available frozen, and, because they are frozen at their peak, actually better.

They’re also easy.

I keep a big bag in the freezer and toss a handful into stir-fries and pastas and soups at the last minute if I want more vegetables are just a bit of bright color. The only thing to remember is they require very little cooking.

Sometimes, we even eat them as a vegetable side dish….

Really…..

Peas with Pimientoes and Leeks

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8oz, 240gr) fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 small leek, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pimiento or roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard

Peas with Pimiento and Leek

Instructions:

  • Heat butter and oil over medium heat in small skillet or saucepan.  Add leek and sauté until tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Add mustard, water, and stir to combine.
  • Add peas, pimientoes, cover and heat through.

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Simple….

Finally, progress is being made on the pantry.

The skeletons of the cabinets are up. Shelves and doors will come later. Once he gets the appliances in place he’s going to switch gears and insulate the last room upstairs.

Both are jobs he wanted done before the cold weather set in….. He’s already too late.

Of course, our definition of cold weather has changed since leaving Minnesota. We now consider 40F cold.

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Which is why I was so happy to get the coat rack hung up.

Old French farmhouses don’t have closets.  That means we don’t have a coat closet – a staple of American houses (at least in the colder parts).

I go out with the dogs 6 or 8 or 10 times a day. It’s nice to have a place to hang my jacket

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Yes, the cabinets are a bit high….

I can reach the lower shelves, which is all I need for storing the cleaning supplies, gardening supplies, and the very important dog treats.

The upper shelves will be for long-term storage – bicycle helmets in winter, winter boots in summer, and whatever stuff mon mari wants to put up there.

If you want nutrition information for the recipe, try this site: Calorie Count

5 thoughts on “Peas with Pimientos and Leeks, the update”

  1. I love peas but only buy frozen ones. Poor reflection on me really that I am too time poor and lazy to shell fresh ones.

  2. I always feel I am throwing away most of what I have bought when I buy fresh! I think of all the vegetables, peas freeze the best. If you have a deepfreeze and are organised, they can be there when you want them.
    Added to that , in an emergency a bag of frozen peas is a very good icepack. I also use them as an indicator of whether or not the deepfreeze has been working properly when we are away – if they have defrosted and refrozen, they form a solid lump. We can get prolonged power failures here.

  3. Tanna, every little bit of storage is a luxury – and much appreciated LOL. And it’s nice to have our hooks up.

    Kate, I think frozen are better (esp. because they’re easier LOL)

    Gill, they’re great to have on hand… I put ice cubes in a bowl to use as a freezer check – for the same reason…. we don’t get long power failures, but lots of hiccups LOL

    Zoomie, I think it is similar…. what a wimp I’ve turned into…. It will be nice to have a pantry.

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