Pea Pods

pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Joined: 6 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 3 years 24 weeks ago.

I bought some peas in pods this week (I was in a hurry and just thought 'Ooh, massive sugar snap peas!' D'oh!) and very much enjoyed the theraputic activity that is podding peas. I was podded a load last night to make this for the umpteenth time: http://www.justhungry.com/my-mothers-simply-braised-spring-vegetables-hi... but was feeling a little guilty for chucking out the pods. I even gave one a nibble and it was nice, but a little tougher than those of peas that are cultivated to be eaten in their pods - obviously!

I was wondering, is there any way I could use these in a recipe? Would I be able to blitz them into soup? Any ideas or any recipes would be much appreciated; I don't like to throw things out if I can help it!

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
bronwyncarlisle
Moderator
Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
Joined: 12 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 1 year 27 weeks ago.
Re: Pea Pods

You could definitely boil them up to make stock, but they are really very fibrous, too much to eat as a vegetable. I used to munch on them when I was a kid, but you do have to spit out the inner part after a bit.

____________________________________

Bronwyn

My blog is Food and Shoes

maki
admin
Bento-ing from: somewhere › France
Joined: 24 Jan 2007
User offline. Last seen 3 weeks 2 days ago.
Re: Pea Pods

pii_bii, my mother says 1) thank you for making that recipe so many times! and 2) pea pods make great fertilizer for roses - just bury them at the roots. FWIW ^_^

____________________________________

The Big Onigiri.

- Wherever you go, there you are. -

Loretta
Moderator
Bento-ing from: London › UK
Joined: 4 Mar 2009
User offline. Last seen 1 year 8 weeks ago.
Re: Pea Pods

Pea pods have been used for soups for centuries in England. The technology for dealing with the pea pod fibers was a Tamis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamis and the soup would be sieved through this.

This recipe looks rather nice:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/recipes/chilled-p...
And it's vegetarian (no chicken stock involved)

It's something about their texture and how they burst in your mouth, so I'm not much of a fresh pea fan - but my husband most definitely is. You've certainly encouraged me to use the pods for making a soup or stock (I love the idea of a pea risotto with no peas). I think the key to using pea pods might be to get a good quality sieve.

Perhaps now's the time for me to finally invest in one of those 'superbags' the Molecular Gastronomy cooks have been raving about! :D
http://www.cookingconcepts.com/ENG/superbag.html

pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Joined: 6 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 3 years 24 weeks ago.
Re: Pea Pods

That soup recipe looks yummy! And great minds obviously think alike, Loretta, I too was considering risotto whilst podding the peas!
Now to invest in a decent sieve. :)

pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Joined: 6 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 3 years 24 weeks ago.
Re: Pea Pods

Thanks to your mother for the recipe, and her horticultural knowledge! Nitrogen fixing legumes, and all that, I guess - I should have guessed that they'd be good for plants. Okay, well I live in a flat without so much as a window box, but I have an allotment nearby and lots of green fingered friends who would appreciate the pods, I'm sure. :)

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

New forum activity since your last visit

TitleAuthorsort iconAnswersLast Post
Sesame salad dressing Supertaster91 year 2 weeks ago
Authentic paella? maki101 year 4 weeks ago
IMPORTANT: If you have a blog on JustBento... maki21 year 6 weeks ago
Shiso - uses for this herb Loretta01 year 8 weeks ago
Fuki (Japanese Butterbur) Tsukemono Recipes kumo51 year 8 weeks ago