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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fried Scallops And Shrimp With Peas And Oven Fries.

This was fantastic. The scallops and shrimp were out of this world. The whole thing was great. However the biggest surprise were the peas or " petits pois ". I haven't eaten peas in years but they really are one of my favorite vegetables. It is hard to get these peas out of season so these are Birds Eye frozen peas. I used to make them in the Savoy and all of those big hotels in the 60's but today no one eats peas. I will from now on.

Here is a little recipe for peas:

Take a rasher of smoked bacon and cut it into fine stips

Cut into very small dice: Carrots, Onion and Celery

In a suitable pot add a little olive oil and the bacon strips and cook for a minute or two.

Add the diced vegetables and allow to cook until half cooked.

Add the frozen peas and let thaw in the pot a little.

Then add some water or stock. ( I use water. )

Allow to cook until peas are tender and nice and green and add a bay leaf.

Add a little sugar and a knob of butter and let sit for a good half hour.

Don't forget the regular seasoning.

Mint can be added to peas to give a nice fresh taste.


dryfly said...

Include me in those pea lovers although I don't eat them a lot, no one else here likes them all that much. I add them to a lot of dishes I cook, Shepard's Pie, Chicken Curry, and a lot of pasta dishes. I've been making that Chicken Tandoori a lot. Great dish, Terry has a bunch of her girlfriends coming for dinner tomorrow, I'll be making Chicken Tandoori for them "Hi, my name is Terry and I'll be your server tonight, would you like anything from the bar?"

James Walsh said...

I'll have a Glenfiddich. 12/15 or 18 year old. No ice , just soda.

Jan said...

I like peas, and this sounds like a lovely way to serve them. Your scallops, shrimp and oven fries are not to be sniffed at either. Looks like a great dinner.

phyllis said...

I like peas 2, i love marrowfat pea if they cooked right.