Picking up products from your own vegetable garden is definitely an exciting experience: first you prepare the ground, you carefully plat the seeds , you check weather forecasts worried about spring frosts, heavy rainfall or drought, you gently grow the new plants in the greenhouse and most importantly, you meticulously observe the transformation of these young sprouts, till you have the pleasure to taste them.
A little worrying is hence normal after all the waiting and the efforts: will we have done our best? will we get the results we expect ?
You should probably understand my shock when a confused Samuel told me: “You didn’t plant peas, you planted “mange-tout” ! I’m still not sure about it, but we will taste them for lunch.”. That “peas” were the only thing I managed to plant before lockdown blocked my gardening career. Four long rows of “peas” that I was already savouring , unsuspecting their dual personality. What would we have done with this huge amount of mange-tout? We have to collect them as soon as possible, before they overgrow.
When everything seemed lost, Mimma brings back hope: “Why have you already picked up the “peas”? They are not ready yet, let them grow a little more.”. Samuel doesn’t agree, according to him pods are too thin, but Mimma doesn’t change her mind. We taste the mysterious crispy pods, there’s one thing we all agree on: even raw, they are really good!
A few days later we finally get the answer: they are peas! pods got thicker meaning that it’s time to pick them up. What a relief.
Now that the mystery is solved we can focus on the best part: we taste them in every kind of preparation, from the risotto to the ragout and also in salads. The more peas we eat, the more our fridge is full of pods begging us to eat them. We like to recycle also when cooking and we found the perfect recipe directly from Tuscany’s peasant tradition: a pods cream. We immediately go to the kitchen willing to have a warm meal after a summer storm. Our venture would haven’t been possible without our precious helper, the Juicer (its name is Angel not by chance!): we pass the boiled pods through the machine and we get the liquid part. We add boiled potatoes, a fry of onions, carrots and courgettes and then we mix everything together.
We offer the dish for dinner to our guests who appreciated the soup a lot. Concern is already gone and we get ready to savour this tempting green cream, or better green pods cream.