Thursday, May 28, 2009

Peas, please!

"Petits pois s'il vous plaƮt" doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but it's something I find myself saying, often with some certain number of grams before it. You'd be saying the same thing if you could find peas like this every day of the week ... which would be weird unless you were in France. But you get the idea. They're great!

I wish I could say that my conversion to lover of peas happened yesterday, because I was *really* excited about these peas, but it's been almost a month now.

I am sure I must have had fresh peas before in my life, but so long ago I have no memory of them. And the canned and frozen varieties have got nothing on fresh peas from the market that you've shucked yourself.

I have to admit that a lot of them didn't make it into the ravioli "sauce" but I had a nice pre-lunch snack.

Cheese ravioli
3 Tbs. butter
3 shallots, sliced or diced
300 g. unshelled peas --> about 1.5 c. fresh peas?
100 g. cooked ham cut into thin strips
1/2 c. cream
Zest of half a lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh mint or chives to sprinkle on top (we used mint because it was so lovely)

Where has the time gone?

We've been so busy with guests and conferences and stuff this month that I haven't had time to post!

The blog is still alive and kicking and I've got photos to post to prove it.

They'll be up soon!