Tuesday, September 16, 2008

16. Buttered Peas

Date Cooked: September 9th, 2008
Page: 172
Rating: C

Okay everyone. Hold on for another exciting recipe! This one combines the great flavors of peas with salt and butter. Exciting wouldn’t you say!

This is a pretty weak recipe entry from the book but it was more of a technique learning experience. I’m not sure if this is a technique that should be used. Basically you sauté frozen peas in a pan with butter and serve warm. Yes, the book recommends frozen. I don’t want to say it was a horrible failure but man I need to stop learning from mistakes. I need to start learning from success!

So this is the failure part. I was boiling water for pasta and decided to use the same burner. I forgot to turn the burner down so when the peas hit the melted butter they exploded like firecrackers. I had pea shrapnel all over the stove. I quickly removed them from the heat and turned the burner down but the damage had been done, little crispy peas. Now I won’t lay all the blame on the stovetop temperature. The fact that these peas sat in my freezer for a long time certainly didn’t help. They had developed a woody texture that no amount of butter was going to soften.

Anyway, I’ll go back to steaming my peas or boiling them in a little water.

Rating: C, simply because it would have been easier to steam them and they would probably have tasted better. Maybe I’ll try this method again with a newer bag of peas and a little more attention to detail.

On a completely non-food related topic, mother nature Sunday night decided to deal a vicious blow to my minivan by pushing a 40 year old maple onto it. At least she was nice enough to spare my house and the car that should have been crushed. I might not be attempting as many failures in the coming weeks.


  1. Aw! Sorry about the minivan!!

    On food blog note, hmmmhh..I am loss of words! I guess it was 'green peas' popcorn with butter then? :D If anything, I am truly amazed (and okay..very much entertained) by your perseverance!

  2. I love all of these veggies!! YUM!!

  3. Sorry it's been so long since I've visited - you've been busy!!

    First of all, sorry about the minivan. We discovered a leak in our ceiling several weeks ago, and have been dealing with it since, so I know what it's like to have something unplanned like this happen!!

    This way of cooking peas is interesting. I can see, though, why it would be better to just steam or cook them in some water - and it's healthier that way too! And I love grilled corn - the best way to eat it! - and that butter I'm going to have to try!

  4. I've just found your blog and I'm reading it from the beginning. I'm really impressed by your ambition, and your frankness about the more humorous efforts. :) I'm looking forward to getting caught up on this blog.


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