As we get closer to summer more and more fruits and vegetables become available.
Of course this recipe can be made with frozen peas and still taste great, but if you can get 'em without going into hock, try them fresh if only for the experience of shelling. I remember sitting with my grandmother in the sunny garden... okay, the foggy backyard in San Francisco, a pan between her knees as we shelled fresh peas for dinner. I loved stealing a few raw from the bowl for snacking. Nothing like fresh peas. Bit no matter what sort of peas you manage to get your hands on, here's a simple Indian twist on the little green bee-bees.
In a spice grinder or blender mix together:
A 1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
2 fresh green chilies seeded and chopped
1 Tbs of water
Blend it all to a fine paste
Heat a skillet or kadhai. When the pan is hot toss in:
2 Tbs of vegetable oil
When the oil is hot add in:
1/2 tsp brown mustard seeds
2 tsp of coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp kashmiri chili or 1/4 tsp cayenne mixed with 1/4 tsp of paprika. Mix the spices in well.
Pour in 1 cup of water.
When the water boils add in:
1 and 1/2 cup of shelled fresh green peas (or frozen.)
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of garam masala
Speaking of adventurous, I'm going to be testing another Vook this week. I'll be trying my hand at Japanese cooking, something I haven't done before. Bye-bye comfort zone, I'm going miso shopping. When I lived in LA I was on Sawtelle Blvd nearly everyday at two of my favorite restaurants, Mishima and Sawtelle Kitchen. I love Japanese food and I especially love to have other people who know what they're doing cook it for me. So, we'll see how I do with this challenge.
Last night we had our weekly Farmers Market again and this time I decided that rather than tote a picnic basket around, I'd sample some of the local wares. One of the stars of the Market is this guy, member of the US International Baking Team... Mike the bejkr.
After tucking away one of these little darlings, I browsed for vegetables, tender young leeks just perfect for my friend Salty Seattles' Onion-Oxtail Soup With Leek Rings. Yumm! Leek rings, just like onion rings... only classier!