Hot Buttered Peas, Cheese Times Three, Berrrrries, Pasta & Garlic Scapes

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Post: Part 3 of 4.
Weekend: 4th of July.
Day: July 5, 2008.


2:00pm
Woke up for an afternoon breakfast make from yesterday’s leftovers. Pulled pork on a toasted bun with melted Canadian cheddar. Now that’s a proper start to the day.

4:00pm
An invigorating walk with Don to the Greenmarket led to a bounty of berries…

…red raspberries, black raspberries

…and blueberries – so beautiful.

We also picked up a few other ingredients – shelling peas, garlic scapes…anything that caught our fancy. While at the on the south east corner of the market, busy fetching a glass of basil & mint tea, we ran in Ian and Anne, and promptly decided to have a late afternoon snack-leading-into-dinner meal.

The night began in the backyard, on the hammock, on the picnic benches with Greenmarket grapes…

…then out came the berries, with Fage and local honey…

…moving on savoury, we broke out the baguettes. A quick toast and generous slathers of raw milk butter with a touch of Maldon makes for quite a taste.

The three baguettes piled at the side of the table slowly disappeared bite after bite, as we paired them with the trio of cheeses brought over by Ian.

We paced the eating (no point in filling up on hour one over the course of a five hour meal, yes? :) with a brief break shelling market peas…

…group effort is the way to go!

Halfway though, I realized this was the first time I’ve ever shelled peas. It’s a rather relaxing process if you are not in a rush to go anywhere or do anything…and really, should you be in any sort of rush on a lazy Sunday afternoon?

Sugar snap peas caught in the tangle.

All pau! A bit later, we dashed off to the theater up the street for an evening screening of Wall-E. Like any good moviegoer, we made sure to first stop at the corner bodega and Saints Alps for drinks (green tea boba!) and snacks (strawberry ice cream and berry gummies!).

It was nearly 11pm when the movie ended, but dinner was just about to begin. First things first: blanch the peas…

…the colours are gorgeous, both pre and post-blanch – I could just stare at a bucket of peas all day long :)

We made hot buttered peas with the raw milk butter mentioned earlier…such simple luxury.

To round out the evening meal, browned sausages and pasta with tomatoes and basil from the garden…

…and a garlic scape spread made with cannelli beans, lemon juice, cracked black pepper, just enough salt and a handful of cilantro.

As with every home cooked meal, I’m constantly left wondering why we don’t eat in more often. Yes, dining out is quite nice, but a dinner at home is at least a dozen times more satisfying.

6 Comments
  • K & S
    July 14, 2008

    what a yummy day! I also enjoy shelling peas, something I’ve never done until I moved to Japan :)

  • anonymous
    July 14, 2008

    Hi Kathy! *gasp!* can you believe I have never had fresh peas before? It’s always either been frozen or even (shudder) canned! But I loves peas either way! We used to have the frozen kind with butter when we were younger but now I can eat peas plain which is probably a lot healthier (well not probably, more like DEFINITELY!). :)

  • K & S
    July 14, 2008

    kathy,I’ve passed on a “yum yum” award to you, please check it out on my blog. :)

  • KirkK
    July 15, 2008

    Hey Kathy – Pulled pork sandwich….breakfast of champions!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 15, 2008

    Hey Kat!Just going over to check your blog now! :)Hey Kat!Hahaha peas are always better with buttahhh ^_^ I grew up eating the frozen ones :)Hey Kirk!True indeed! ^_^

  • Kat
    July 16, 2008

    (This is a different Kat from the previous poster. Apparently Kats love your blog!)Fresh peas are one of my favorite things ever. My weekend project this weekend is to try to re-create the amazing cold pea soup we had at Lunetta a few weeks ago – just blanched peas, fresh ricotta, hazelnut oil and vegetable broth… mmm, so good! Thanks for the Greenmarket heads-up! I’ve got to get this soup experiment done before peas go out of season….

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