Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Starting Fresh with Minted Peas

Last week I started my new job. Wow! What a whirlwind it has been, but definitely a fun one. Although I am going to miss Northern California, Southern California is where my heart is... Sun, waves, palm trees and that lovely sense of familiarity wherever I go. My ego has been bruised a bit as I've joined my parents in their humble abode. But I have a new pep in my step and a smile on my face that feel so refreshing.

With my fresh new perspective, it was only necessary that my next dish include mint... a fun herb that's super versatile and has a sweet aroma and flavor. Mint tossed in with some fat, sweet and succulent sugar snap peas makes the perfect spring combination... dressed up with some butter, of course. Peas with mint is a pretty classic side dish. I was given this recipe at one of the cooking classes I participated in at Ramekin's Bed & Breakfast in Sonoma.

Minted Sugar Snap Peas
adapted from Therese Nugent 2009
1 pound fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed and strings removed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon fresh mint, minced
zest of 1 lemon
salt to taste

Bring a saute pan filled with water to a boil. Blanche the peas until crisp-tender and bright green (approximately 3 minutes). Remove from the water and set aside. Melt the butter in a saute pan and add the peas. Stir in the mint and lemon zest. Saute the peas until heated through (approximately 2 to 3 minutes). Season with salt to taste. Serve immediately.

What better way to celebrate spring than with refreshing mint, sweet sugar snap peas, and a zest of lemon! ... Maybe mint mojitos?

Psst... I used spearmint from the garden, the most accessible variety.

1 comment:

Alejandra said...

oooh can't wait to try this recipe!