Let me start out by saying that I generally do not like peas. I tolerate snow peas in stir fry, but that is about it. Apparently I loved them as a toddler (my mom always tells the story of me saying "But Mom, I need peas!" when she would not give me any more for dinner. Since then, my love affair with peas has waned dramatically. However, since I believe everything is better when grown fresh, and especially when it is the fruit of your own labor, I planted peas this year so that I could give them another shot. Regular peas that you shell and eat. So when I saw the peas tonight, I was torn between the joy of harvest and the realization that it is peas. But I pulled a pod off the vine and shelled and ate it raw, right next to the garden. And I didn't die. Or choke. Or turn green and swell up into a green ball, a la Violet Beauregaurd from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. In fact, it wasn't that bad. Mind you, it wasn't necessarily good, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. So I am now soliciting recipes for fresh shelled peas. Send me something that will make me fall in love with the pea. It's one of those foods (like rosemary and cucumbers) that I really want to like, but try as I might I just don't.
Kate and Mark are not vegetable people at all, so kid and husband friendly recipes are also welcome. Kate did try one in the yard (which is absolutely wonderful simply because she was willing to try it), however she bit the pea in half, made faces as she swallowed the half in her mouth and threw the other half into the yard. (Perhaps if it were doused in ranch dressing... In the fall we may do sugar snap so we can dip them in ranch dressing. Mark hates ranch dressing though, so that does not help there...)
This is Claire in the swing while I was pea-picking. That is the remnants of a delicious vanilla milkshake from United Dairy Farmers. That is not peas. I will gladly accept any suggestions of how to make peas taste like a delicious UDF milkshake. Gladly.
This is my crazy makeshift pea trellis. I can't remember if I showed this before. I originally just turned tomato cages upside-down for the peas to grow up. They were not tall enough. This is probably obvious to everyone but me. I then rigged up the craziest looking trellis extension out of bamboo poles, twine and the existing tomato cages and plastic garden fence. It works. But it certainly isn't pretty.
The peas. "Early Perfection". The "early" part must be a misnomer. It couldn't be that I planted them late.... No way that would happen with 2 small children...