I had sort of a new experience today. For (I think?) the first time ever, I had to shell peas in order to use them in cooking.
Now before ya’ll get all up in arms about it, I used to live out in the middle of no-where, in a “town” of about 500 people. We had the most amazing vegetable garden and we grew lots of things! Possibly peas, but I can’t really remember…. and if we did, I am positive that my mom took on the responsibility of shelling them because, well let’s just be honest, at 6-12 years old, I wasn’t helping and neither was my brother. We had more important things to do! Like climb our lilac bush (practically killing certain sections of it), throwing dinner plates into the pool as “treasure”, and running from the bees that always surrounded our one lonely pear tree.
So here’s the deal: I found a new “summer pasta salad” recipe on pinterest that I wanted to try. It looks delicious doesn’t it?
So in the grocery store, I get bacon (first time buying it in 6 months), and pasta, avocados, tomatoes. But there are no peas! (or fresh dill but whatevs) And Korea doesn’t do the whole “bags of frozen vegetable” thing which I now know I have taken for granted for the last 29 years of my life. There have been small packages of shelled peas but when I was shopping Friday morning they either weren’t available or just not out yet.
Yesterday I picked up a small bag of peas at a local outdoor veggie market, and was happy with my purchase. I expected to have enough for the salad and then at least a medium sized ziplock bag full for the freezer.
I got all set up this morning to shell the peas. Doing multiple things at once, of course, my laundry was on, eggs boiling for this week’s breakfast, bathroom chemicals applied and just sitting there working their magic, music on, peas ready to go! It only took me about 30 minutes to finish the shelling process, having to stop to turn off the eggs, rinse the pipes in the bathroom etc.
I blanched the peas off in some boiling water, just a minute or so until they were that beautiful vibrant green colour Then into the ice bath they go.
But at the end of it all, I was really disappointed! I only had a soup bowl’s worth of peas 😦 I put a handful into the bowl of cooled pasta in the fridge, waiting for lunch time, and the rest into a ziplock bag. It’s about 1/4 of the way full. I don’t even think I’ll go through the trouble of freezing it….
I really miss my bags of frozen peas….