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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pea Pod Soup

We have been picking peas but the crop has not been as good as last year. After shelling it seems wasteful to just compost another pile of pods so we had a try at making pea pod soup.

We washed and boiled a pot full of pods for 10 minutes and left the pods in the pan until the next day. The liquid was strained through a colander and the pods squeezed to extract as much liquid as possible. The pods were still fibrous and tough but the liquid was a lovely colour and surely must be full of nutrients. The pods still ended up in the compost but at least we had extracted some of the goodness and a lunch.

We finely chopped an onion and three cloves of garlic and fried until soft in a olive oil.

Finely diced two medium sized potatoes and added them to the pan with salt and pepper to taste. Added the pea pod liquid, a handful of peas, two sprigs of finely chopped mint and cooked the soup for about 15 minutes.

The result was a well worth the effort. A very tasty soup enjoyed with an olive roll.

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